S&M2 is happening to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the legendary performance
Cai Trefor
13:50 19th March 2019

Given Metallica S&M is one of the all-time great live albums – the marriage heavy metal with an epic classical approach from San Francisco Symphony is godlike – it’s great news that Metallica are reuniting with the orchestra for the first time since the legendary 1999 performance.

The hesitancy in going back to it is understandable in knowing that the conductor and composer for the session Michael Kamen passed away in 2003.

Music director Michael Tilson Thomas has the honour of treading in the footsteps laid by Kamen and conducting a portion of this newly announced gig, which is set to take place in San Francisco on Friday 6 September at the city’s Chase Centre. It’s said to be the grand opening of the venue and tickets go on sale this Friday 22 March at 10am.

Named S&M2, further details of the gig, which was annouced on social media, are yet to be revealed, but given Metallica’s superhuman ability to defy aging and still pull off some of the greatest gigs on earth, we expect nothing short of a phenomenal gig to go down in history once again.

The original set was 21 tracks and was inspired by an idea coming from the late, great bassist Cliff Burton, according to singer James Hetfield. It also marked the last concert that Jason Newstead played with the band.

Elsewhere, Metallica have been innovating on stage and played a twangy coutry version of ‘The Four Horsemen’ at a charity concert in San Francisco. It’s part of a new Metallica album, released on 1 February, and titled Live & Acoustic at the Masonic.

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