Metallica are currently preparing to play two special S&M2 shows in San Francisco on Friday, 6 September and Sunday, 8 September to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their landmark S&M album.
The band originally announced plans for a one-off show to open the Chase Centre in the city on 6 September, but quickly added a second date on September 8 once the Friday night show sold out.
Footage from both nights will then be screened in cinemas for one night only around the world on 9 October, with Metallica releasing a brief trailer for the film at the start of August. Now the band have shared an extended trailer for the film, which can be watched below.
Announcing the cinema release, Metallica said: “Recorded live on September 6 and 8, S&M2 will see us joining forces once again with the San Francisco Symphony, led in part by legendary conductor Michael Tilson Thomas as he kicks off his final season.”
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. 2019’s S&M2 concert will feature the first live performances of these arrangements in 20 years, plus the first-ever Metallica and San Francisco Symphony renditions of songs written and released since the original concert, with new orchestral charts by Bruce Coughlin.
Kymberli Frueh, SVP for Programming and Content Acquisitions at Trafalgar Releasing said: “Trafalgar Releasing is excited to give Metallica fans around the world a chance to celebrate this anniversary concert together in local cinemas in October.
“The original collaboration between two San Francisco legends—Metallica and San Francisco Symphony became a true moment in music history two decades ago. Reuniting again to perform S&M2 is a salute to the legendary collaboration and creates a special moment for Metallica fans to see this iconic pairing.”
Earlier this week, Metallica revealed that more than €1.5 million was raised for charity on the European leg of their WorldWired tour. The final donation of summer 2019 came on 25 August, when the metal titans donated a €63,000 cheque to Freezone Mannheim, a German homeless youth aid group.