Preview the ‘Metallica and San Francisco Symphony: S&M2’ Album/Film Out 8/28 with Four Live Performances (Pre-Order)


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On Aug. 28, Metallica will release Metallica and San Francisco Symphony: S&M2. As teased by drummer Lars Ulrich in a surprise spot on Jimmy Kimmel Live earlier this summer, the live album captures the musical magic of the thrash/metal legends and the thunderous sounds of the S.F. Symphony. The whole production was a sequel of sorts to Metallica’s first S&M live album recorded in 1999.

(Click here to pre-order S&M2 on 2-CD and click here to pre-order on 2-CD/Blu-ray and other editions from our Rock Cellar Store). 

The band has shared another performance clip from the album in the form of “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” which was premiered on Thursday as the final preview of the album before its release:

And more details, per a press release. As a heads-up to fans, S&M2 will be available in pretty much any format imaginable:

S&M2 will be available in a staggering array of formats, ranging from a digital album on all leading streaming outlets, to 4LP vinyl, 2CD, DVD and Blu-ray versions, to a limited edition color vinyl 4LP + 2CD + Blu-ray Deluxe Box featuring sheet music, guitar picks, poster and more, all the way up to a Metallica.com exclusive Super Deluxe Box, limited to 500 copies, each featuring actual sheet music used by the Symphony during the shows and hand-signed by all four band members (in addition to including everything in the Deluxe Box).

“For Whom the Bell Tolls” joins a handful of earlier tracks released ahead of the Aug. 28 reveal. Here’s “All Within My Hands”:

And “Nothing Else Matters”:

And “Moth Into Flame”:

More details about the S&M2 concert film:

S&M2 is a landmark release in the Metallica catalogue, both sonically and visually. Produced by Greg Fidelman with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, the S&M2 live album captures more than two and a half hours of James, Lars, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo joining forces with the nearly 80-strong SF Symphony, legendary Music Director of the orchestra Michael Tilson Thomas, and conductor Edwin Outwater. The concert film is a brand-new edit done by Joe Hutching (Through The Never) and both the audio and visuals have been taken to the next level from the October 2019 theatrical version that played in over 3,700 cinemas worldwide.


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