Metallica have shared a new website which suggests the band will make an announcement later this week. They posted a link to the new website on Twitter, with fans clicking on the link met with a countdown timer which is due to hit zero on Thursday, 10 October at 12 noon (GMT).
There’s no official indication of what the announcement will be when the countdown hits zero, but the XX could point to the number 20 – and, as this year marks the 20th anniversary of Metallica’s landmark S&M album. Some reports are speculating the reveal could be a home release of their recent S&M2 shows from San Francisco, but as yet nothing has been confirmed.
Last month, Metallica played two sets with the city’s symphony orchestra, led by conductor Edwin Outwater, with a special appearance by Michael Tilson Thomas, with the film set to hit cinema screens around the world on Wednesday, 9 October.
Metallica also shared a clip of their performance of 1997 track ‘The Memory Remains’ last week, ahead of a trio of preview screenings which took place in London, New York and Los Angeles over the past weekend.
Metallica explained: “The response to the two S&M2 shows at San Francisco’s new Chase Center has been nothing short of mind-boggling!
“We had the most incredible time with the San Francisco Symphony and now cannot wait to share it with the world on the big screen.”
Elsewhere in Metallica news, the band were recently crowned the “biggest all-time touring band” in a new study. The new study, from Pollstar, makes a case for the band to be the most successful live band of all time, grossing $1.4 billion in ticket sales since 1982. The figures put the metal heavyweights ahead of Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC and more.
The new study, called ‘Tour & Destroy: The Case for Metallica as the World’s Biggest Touring Act’, uses statistics dating back to the band’s earliest days, revealing that they have sold 22.1 million tickets to their shows. Also helping Metallica’s case in the study is the fact that they’ve performed in 48 countries and on all seven continents (including Antarctica), which few touring bands can match.