Metallica haven't played a show since September 2019, when they joined the San Francisco Symphony for two historic S&M2 concerts. That's all about to change later this month, however. Metallica will be the first rock band to be featured in the Encore Drive-In Nights series, with a full set showing August 29th at hundreds of drive-in and outdoor theaters across the U.S. and Canada. The all-new performance will be filmed specially for the Encore Drive-In Nights Series at a location near Metallica headquarters and will subsequently be edited and mixed by the band's production team. On Friday night, the band shared video via Instagram of them jamming together with the caption "What the hell is going on at HQ?" — watch below.
Pre-sale tickets, available exclusively to Metallica's Fifth Member fan club, will go on sale on August 12th at Ticketmaster.com/encore-metallica. General on-sale will kick off on August 14th. Every ticket purchase — which admits one carload of up to six people — will include four digital downloads of Metallica's S&M2, the new live album due out August 28th on the group's own Blackened Recordings.
Drive-in theaters hosting the concert will adhere to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended guidelines as well as all state and local health mandates. Staff will wear personal protective equipment and enforce at least six feet of space between cars. The series will also use contactless payment and ticketing systems and limit capacity in restrooms. Guidelines around concessions will be enforced to abide by individual state regulations. For a full list of procedures that the Encore Drive-In Nights is employing to keep fans and staff safe, visit encorenights.com.