Music News: Metallica Announce ‘Metallica and San Francisco Symphony: S&M2′ Live

Metallica announced the release of the recording of their 2019 concerts with the San Francisco Symphony. Metallica and San Francisco Symphony: S&M2 will be available from August 28, 2020, on Blu-ray, four-LP vinyl, two-CD, DVD, and digital film configurations and will include sheet music, guitar picks, and artwork. There is also a limited-edition Super Deluxe Box that comes with the sheet music that the San Francisco orchestra used and the autographs of the four Metallica members. The first time Metallica and the San Francisco Orchestra joined forces was in 1999. The 2019 concerts in Chase Center were the reprise of that original event. The concert recording was running in theatres after the shows of September 2019. A new edit by Joe Hutching who worked with the band during 2013 Through the Never concert film is also included in the live recording. The San Francisco orchestra performed the first two pieces, Metallica’s walk-on music and “The Ecstasy of Gold” by Ennio Morricone from the movie “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly”. The following songs were from Metallica’s collection. The orchestra started the second part of the concert with Prokofiev “Scythian Suite, Op.20, Second Movement”. For the second piece, Metallica joined the orchestra and performed “The Iron Foundry” by Alexander Mosolov. 2019 is a 20-year celebration of the band’s first S&M release from 1999.

After the announcement of S&M2, there is hope for rescheduling tour dates

If the COVID-19 restrictions keep being lifted there is still some hope that the fans will be able to attend the concerts of this legendary heavy metal band. The tickets for the concerts in late 2020 are still for sale. Even if the concerts are held according to social distancing regulations, these concerts would be the biggest musical events in 2020, since so many other musicians who had scheduled their tours in spring and summer had to cancel the shows. There is even a possibility of drive-in shows since this might be a safer way to attend events for the audience. As the majority of the countries entered phase one of the reopening smaller venues such as bars, restaurants, and casinos are allowed to host a small number of guests. Reportedly, US and Canadian casinos might be organizing private shows for VIP audiences and can offer live performances of rock bands including Metallica. Rock bands had already played on this kind of private show in the past few years. According to VIP guests, those kinds of shows are wild. Casino brands try their best to give both kinds of satisfaction to guests – live performance along with gaming. During the shows, guests have a chance to play live casino games along with traditional poker and roulette while listening to Metallica. The private shows are usually limited to a small number of guests and have strict dress codes varying from classic nights when the guests wear tuxedos and gowns to 90s style when Dr. Martens and leather jackets dominate the scene. Another important aspect of these nights is that all gambling forms are available simultaneous to the shows. So, while a band like Metallica performs the guests can also enjoy the slot machines, sit at the poker table, or a roulette table, bet on sports. The fans who show up just to listen to music, can sit in a casino bar and sip cocktails.


Metallica Scholars initiative took off in 2018 and it supports technical education and career opportunities in five colleges across the United States. Valencia College is one of those colleges. The legendary heavy metal band donated $100,000 to Valencia college for the Floridians to be able to get educated and trained in heavy metal construction equipment and welding. The scholarship will cover a training course in the construction trade for around 25 students from Orange County and Osceola County. The course includes welding, mechatronics (operating heavy construction equipment such as including bulldozers, front-end loaders, excavators) The Metallica Scholars Initiative is focusing to help unemployed, under-employed, and under-payed people and people who have to work at multiple places in order to provide for themselves and their families. Central Florida usually pays from $16 to $24 to the beginners who graduated from such programs. Another college that will get funds from Metallica is Polk State College in Winter Haven.

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