METALLICA has announced a second show with the San Francisco Symphony, exclusively for members of the band's fan club.
The new concert will take place on September 8 — two days after the previously announced performance — and will once again see METALLICA join forces with the orchestra for the first time in two decades for the opening of San Francisco's new Chase Center arena. METALLICA and the San Francisco Symphony last played together in 1999, at a concert that was recorded and filmed for the "S&M" album and DVD.
The classical musicians and classic rockers will be the first acts to perform at the new 18,064-seat arena that will serve as home to the NBA team Golden State Warriors in the fall.
Says the band: "Wow... that's all we have to say! The response from the 'TALLICA fan universe to the announcement of our show with the San Francisco Symphony blew us away. In fact, it was completely and totally overwhelming — thank you! However, we also understand that for a great number of you, it brought frustration and disappointment as the supply of tickets fell way short of demand.
"We've heard you and we've learned from our missteps with this particular ticket on sale. We're working to make this right as we are excited to announce that a second show has been added at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Sunday, September 8th. First order of business: No public on sale this time! Tickets for the second 'S&M²' show will be available exclusively to Fifth Members.
"We're thrilled to continue the celebration of this world-class arena's opening, to share the spotlight with the Golden State Warriors, the SF Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, the Chase Center and what this event represents to the city and the people of San Francisco. The second show gives us a chance to celebrate in a unique and very special way with all of you, the die-hard Fifth Members. We're all huddled at METALLICA HQ now working out a plan to give every one of you the most fair and equal chance at obtaining tickets (and to do everything possible to keep the bots from getting any).
"Under the full disclosure umbrella, due to contractual obligations with the Chase Center, there will be a small number of tickets available to Golden State Warriors season ticket holders, but the rest of the house will be all of you and only you... just the METALLICA Fan Club family. This is going to take a little time to get as close to foolproof as we can get it, so please sit tight for a few more days and we'll be back with more details.
"Thank you for all your comments, suggestions and most of all your support and patience! Stay tuned, watch this space."
On March 19, METALLICA fans took to Twitter to express their outrage after the pre-sale for the "S&M²" show ended within seconds due to bots grabbing all the available tickets.
Members of METALLICA's fan club were supposed to be given the opportunity to buy tickets a few days early, but it was reported that tickets began showing up instantly at StubHub before fans had a chance to view their pre-sale opportunity.
Fans reported signing in at exactly 9:00 a.m. PT and being unable to purchase a single ticket, while tickets went on sale at StubHub via resellers at prices ranging from $300 to $16,000 for one ticket.
The original "S&M" concerts were conducted by the late Michael Kamen in spring of 1999 at the Berkeley Community Theatre. The "S&M²" concerts will feature the first live performances of these arrangements in 20 years, plus the first-ever METALLICA/San Francisco Symphony renditions of songs written and released since the original "S&M", with new orchestral charts by Bruce Coughlin.