Metallica’s First 2020 Show Will be Screened in Drive-Ins Around the Country

James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett of Metallica in 2018. Photo by Debby Wong/REX/Shutterstock (9953781u)

It’s been almost a year since fans got to see Metallica performing live on stage. The band’s S&M2 concerts opened at Chase Center in San Francisco in September 2019, but the subsequent tour set to take place in Australia and New Zealand was canceled after vocalist James Hetfield was admitted to rehab.

Now, the metal giants have announced the first show of 2020 will take place on August 29. The show will be a prerecorded performance taken in a secret location and shown on outdoor and drive-in movie theaters across the country as part of the Encore Drive-In Nights’ series.

Tickets to the shows will be available from August 12. Each ticket admits one car with up to six people and will include four digital downloads of S&M2. Metallica’s Fifth Member fan club members will get an exclusive pre-sale.

Metallica is the third band to perform on the Encore Drive-In series and the first non-country artists to do so. The first two performers were Garth Brooks who played in June and Blake Shelton who played in July.

“Metallica is going to blow the top off of this thing and take it to a whole new level,” said Walter Kinzie, CEO of Encore Live, in a statement.