Over the weekend, Metallica celebrated the 20th anniversary of their landmark 1999 "S&M" performance with two "S&M²" performances with the San Francisco symphony at the brand new 18,000-plus seat venue Chase Center in the city's Mission Bay neighborhood. Each night kicked off with an epic introduction from the San Francisco symphony as they soared through composer Ennio Morricone's "The Ecstasy of Gold" as the thrash OGs took their place in the center of the in-the-round configuration they've favored over the past few years. The band and sumphony then tore into 1984 Ride the Lightning instrumental "The Call of Ktulu," then straight into "For Whom the Bell Tolls." The three-song build and release can be seen in fan-shot footage below, along with some entertaining on-stage chasing between Robert Trujillo and Kirk Hammett during the second transition.
After that stunning intro, the action continued without letting up as the band and the accompanying classical musicians explored the ins and out of Metallica's catalog. Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas also showed off his leadership skills by guiding the symphony through the second movement of Russian Soviet composer Sergei Prokofiev's 1915 "Scythian Suite, Op.20" to kick off the second set of each night.
The set list for both shows remained the same and stretched over 20 songs and three hours. A pro-shot concert film of the event will play one night only in theaters on October 9th through Traflagar Releasing Ltd. (more on that here), but until then, check out the full set list and see some more fan-filmed clips below.
Metallica S&M² set list:
01. The Ecstasy of Gold (Ennio Morricone cover performed by the San Francisco Symphony)
02. The Call of Ktulu
03. For Whom the Bell Tolls
04. The Day That Never Comes
05. The Memory Remains
07. Moth Into Flame
08. The Outlaw Torn
09. No Leaf Clover
10. Halo on Fire
11. Scythian Suite, Op.20, Second Movement (Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev cover performed by the San Francisco Symphony)
12. Iron Foundry (Alexander Mosolov cover, live debut)
13. The Unforgiven III (performed by the San Francisco Symphony)
14. All Within My Hands (acoustic)
15. (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth
16. Wherever I May Roam
18. Master of Puppets
19. Nothing Else Matters
20. Enter Sandman (with "The Frayed Ends of Sanity" outro)