Metallica will celebrate their 40th anniversary this December with a pair of fan club-only concerts in the band’s native San Francisco.
Set for December 17th and 19th at San Francisco’s Chase Center — where Metallica staged the arena’s first-ever concerts in 2019 with their S&M2 shows — both gigs will feature different set lists.
“As hard as it is to believe, the band will be turning the big 4 – 0 this October. It’s a wild thing to wrap our heads around… it feels like just yesterday that we were hitting the stage playing our first show at Radio City in Anaheim, California, in the spring of 1982,” Metallica wrote Wednesday. “OK, fair enough maybe that wasn’t just yesterday; so many things have happened since Lars and James got together in the fall of ’81… almost 2,000 live shows across seven continents, mind-blowing successes and crazy off-road adventures. It’s been a nutty ride and even though most of the time it feels like we’re just getting started, we’re excited to celebrate the past four decades with you.”
Tickets for the concerts will only be available to worldwide fans in the band’s Fifth Member fan club, who will enter to win a reservation code that will guarantee them the opportunity to purchase tickets for either one of or both shows; travel packages that include both tickets and hotel accommodations will also be available at www.metallicatravel.com.
The two Chase Center concerts are the centerpiece in a four-day-long celebration of Metallica’s 40th birthday, with comedy shows, live music events, and Blackened Whiskey tastings also planned in San Francisco starting Thursday, December 16th.
“We will have so much more to tell you about in the coming months, but for now, we hope that you’ll open those calendars and make plans to come hang with us for one unforgettable long weekend in San Francisco,” Metallica added.
Prior to the 40th birthday shows, Metallica will mark the 30th anniversary of their Black Album with a massive reissue as well as the accompanying covers LP The Metallica Blacklist.
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