The inaugural shows at San Francisco’s new Chase Center, a collaboration between Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony, will be filmed and made into a limited-release film which will play in theaters worldwide on Oct. 9.
S&M², as it’s being called, will include the first live performances of S&M arrangements in 20 years as well as new versions of the band’s songs written by the band since the first such concert in 1999. The film will be produced by Trafalgar Releasing and tickets will go on sale now on Aug. 7 here.
The original S&M concerts were performed by Metallica and San Francisco Symphony and conducted by the late Michael Kamen in spring of 1999 at the Berkeley Community Theatre. That performance was documented by the Grammy-winning live album S&M. The new performance, which will take place over two nights on Sept. 6 and 7, will include new orchestral charts by Bruce Coughlin. Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas will lead the symphony in his final season as the music director. The 74-year-old underwent heart surgery to treat a long-standing condition earlier this summer.
The September concerts were announced earlier this year to much fanfare as the first musical performances at Chase Center, the new home of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. The announcement was attended by San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and frontman James Hetfield, Michael Tilson Thomas and Warriors executives.