Metallica have shared the video of them performing the song “Moth Into Flame” from the upcoming Metallica And San Francisco Symphony: S&M2 live album and video. You can check it out below.
Due for release on August 28, S&M² will be available in a staggering array of formats, ranging from a digital album on all leading streaming outlets, to 4LP vinyl, 2CD, DVD and Blu-ray versions, to a limited edition color vinyl 4LP + 2CD + Blu-ray Deluxe Box featuring sheet music, guitar picks, poster and more, all the way up to a Metallica.com exclusive Super Deluxe Box, limited to 500 copies, each featuring actual sheet music used by the Symphony during the shows and hand-signed by all four band members (in addition to including everything in the Deluxe Box).
The three-hour concerts were split into two parts. “Moth Into Flame” comes from the first half of the program, which also included a rendition of “Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth)” from Metallica’s debut album, Kill ‘Em All, performed as a solo by the Symphony bassist Scott Pingel in tribute to Metallica’s late bassist Cliff Burton.
Drummer Lars Ulrich told Kerrang!: “The “Anesthesia” bass solo was incredible. The way the fans reacted to that was goose bump city. I loved the dare of playing “Iron Foundry”. I loved revisiting songs we don’t play so often like “The Outlaw Torn” and “The Call Of Ktulu”.
“I loved how (conductor) Edwin Outwater brought one sort of dynamic when he was conducting the more rock stuff, and how Michael Tilson Thomas — the maestro, the elder statesman of his world — brought in some different pieces and encouraged the fans to understand where the symphonic and rock worlds overlap.
“Most of all, though, the fact that there was no barricade stood out. When was the last time you went to a rock show of that size without one? What does that barricade do? What does it mean? It’s a safety thing, but in essence it’s something that separates people. I loved just being able to walk out with the fans. At one point, I leaned back and let myself go into their embrace. That was a great moment.”
The sold-out concerts were rapturously received by the 40,000 fans who traveled from nearly 70 countries, as well as the media: Rolling Stone raved “the group proved that anything was possible,” Variety noted an atmosphere “buzzing with excitement,” while the Mercury News witnessed “a concert that fans will be talking about for decades to come,” and Consequence Of Sound hailed “a true celebration of Metallica and their musical prowess.”
S&M² is out on August 28. Scroll down to read the full tracklist and pre-order it here.