Coming up to a year since Metallica performed their S&M2 concert at San Francisco’s Chase Centre, the band have revealed when the greater fan population can experience the spectacle, confirming Metallica & San Francisco Symphony Orchestra: S&M2 will be released Friday, 28th August.
To mark the announcement, ‘tallica have spoiled fans further, revealing St Anger cut ‘All Within My Hands’ and, of course, the masterpiece that is ‘Nothing Else Matters’ from 1991’s Black Album. A brief insight into the 20 track set list comprised fan favourites and some special “classics” to boot.
Ever the showmen, Metallica seriously delivered with the aesthetics, coming through with a stage production worthy of their headline reputation, and a solid reminder of just how little pizzazz they’ve lost since the original S&M concert in 1999.
The audio / visual release – which will also be available in a slick box set – will be available physically and on stream services, and is filled to the brim with two and a half hours of live performance, with some behind the scenes takes with the band and their Orchestra counterparts.
As the name would suggest, S&M2 pays homage to the original S&M released two decades ago. To celebrate the milestone, Metallica announced they’d be reuniting with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, honouring the iconic record over two sold-out nights in September last year.
At the time, Metallica promised the setlist would be comprised of S&M classics, as well as a few hits that had yet to be given the orchestral treatment.
Both nights naturally sold out within minutes and were filmed, however footage has been incredibly scarce. That October, the concert was broadcast to cinemas around the world for one night only, making this the first time since then it’s been seen, and what a sight to behold. Adding to that, the footage we will see before us on release day was remixed, remastered and reedited from the cinematic release by the band themselves.