Twenty years on from their performance and Grammy-winning S&M album, global megastar metallers Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony recently reconvened for the first live performance of S&M arrangements in two decades, along with orchestrally-enriched renditions of Metallica songs written during the intervening period.
Check out the extended trailer for the film below:
The original S&M (Symphony & Metallica) concerts were performed by Metallica and San Francisco Symphony and conducted by the late Michael Kamen in spring of 1999 at the Berkeley Community Theatre. Entitled S&M², the 2019 performance was filmed at San Francisco’s new Chase Center with songs featuring new orchestral charts by Bruce Coughlin with Edwin Outwater taking over conducting duties.
Legendary conductor Michael Tilson Thomas completed the first week of his final season as San Francisco Symphony Music Director with a special appearance, conducting a portion of the show.
The band have today released a further clip from the film, which you can check out below:
The original collaboration between two San Francisco legends – Metallica and San Francisco Symphony – became a true moment in music history two decades ago. Reuniting again to perform S&M² is a salute to the legendary collaboration and creates a special moment for Metallica fans to see this iconic pairing.
RockShot Mag caught a sneak peek at the film and it did not disappoint. The interactions between Lars, Kirk, Rob, James, the orchestra, and the global audience in attendance in San Francisco all enjoying these unique live renditions of Metallica songs makes for a truly engaging cinematic experience that’s definitely a must for any Metallica fan. Not to give away too much, but SFS bass player Scott Pingel’s tribute to late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton is worth the ticket price on its own!
The event will be screened in cinemas around the world on 9th October. Tickets for this one-night-only cinema event can be found over at metallica.film.
Photography by Jamie MacMillan @ Twickenham Stadium on 20th June 2019.