Metallica And San Francisco Symphony: S&M2 To Be Released August 28, 2020

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The San Francisco Symphony and Metallica’s S&M2 live album and video, captured at concerts on September 6 & 8, 2019 at San Francisco’s Chase Center, will be released on August 28, 2020 in a variety of formats including vinyl, CD, DVD, and Blu-ray. Metallica and San Francisco Symphony: S&M2 is available for preorder now via

The concerts were historic on multiple levels, serving as the grand opening of San Francisco’s Chase Center, reuniting the band and Symphony for the first time since the 1999 performances captured on the Grammy-winning S&M album, and featuring the first-ever symphonic renditions of songs written and released since those original S&M shows.
The sold-out S&M2 shows were rapturously received by the 40,000 fans who traveled from nearly 70 countries, as well as the media. Rolling Stone raved, “the group proved that anything was possible,” Variety noted an atmosphere “buzzing with excitement,” The Mercury News witnessed “a concert that fans will be talking about for decades to come,” while Consequence of Sound hailed it “a true celebration of Metallica and their musical prowess.”

An avid drummer whose discography includes albums on Digital Nations (a Steve Vai imprint), music critic Louis Raphael has always kept a pulse on the San Francisco music scene. After many years as the San Francisco Music Examiner for and, he decided to start Music in SF® as a way to showcase what the San Francisco music scene really has to offer.