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Metallica Plan Complete Takeover of San Francisco to Celebrate Their 40th Anniversary

Posted by Corinne Westbrook in News on November 18, 2021

Screenings, concerts, whiskey tastings and more span the city to mark 40 years of Metallica.

Metallica members, from left, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, Robert Trujillo.

Heavy metal legends, and Bay Area Natives, Metallica have announced a complete takeover of San Francisco to coincide with their upcoming 40th anniversary shows in the city. On celebrating 40 years of metal fury, the band tweeted: “Our 40th Anniversary celebration is just a month away, and we’re getting ready to take over the city of San Francisco! From awesome live music and Blackened Whiskey tastings to a ’Tallica film-fest and three Ross Halfin events.”

Associated events include: whiskey tastings, concerts, a film festival at the AMC Kabuki and several events involving band photographer Ross Halfin, and the release of a new photo book focused on the band’s self-titled 1991 “Black Album” (which celebrated its 30th anniversary this year and recently got a deluxe box set treatment and remastered reissue).

The whole blowout will begin on December 16th with a show at August Hall headlined by White Reaper and Taipei Houston. White Reaper covered “Sad But True” on the recent Metallica Blacklist album and Taipei is the two-man outfit  consisting of Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich’s sons Layne (bass/vocals) and Myles (drums). The following night will feature The Wedding Band (the super star packed cover band fronted by Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo), Goodnight Texas (who also performed on the Blacklist album), and rising stars Bastardane playing at the Fillmore. The Bimbo’s 365 venue, meanwhile, will host three Metallica tribute acts – Damage Inc., Motorbreath and Sandman.

The 18th is highlighted by a daytime event from photographer Ross Halfin to celebrate his book Metallica: The Black Album in Black & White, kicking off with a gallery show, followed by a book signing and Q&A. This will also be the day for the film festival at the AMC Kabuki with screenings of 1987’s tribute to late bassist Cliff Burton, Cliff ‘Em All, the 1998 Metallica live flick Cunning Stunts and another live film, 2009’s Orgullo, Pasión Y Gloria: Tres Noches En La Ciudad De México.

This absolutely massive bout of bacchanalia is in addition to the two headline shows scheduled for December 17 and 19 at the Chase Center. Those shows were announced this past summer quickly sold out. In September, Metallica played an insane surprise show at the Independent that wowed the lucky fans who managed to snap up the $20 wristbands for entry that were gone in minutes.

Metallica also recently announced the rescheduled dates for their COVID-delayed South American tour, which is due to kick off in April.

“For those of you who have hung in there with us over the last 18 months since the original shows were supposed to happen, thank you for your tremendous patience!” the band wrote in a statement. “We truly cannot wait to finally visit South America for the first time in almost five years.”


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