METALLICA’s headlining performance at CBS Radio’s “The Night Before”, a one-of-a-kind concert experience the evening prior to Super Bowl 50 at AT&T Park in the band’s hometown of San Francisco, California, is available as a live webstream direct from the historic show using the YouTube player below. Fans can also preorder professionally mixed audio recordings of the show as downloads and collectible CDs.
Regarding what METALLICA might play for at the gig, drummer Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone: “If I told you that we were going to play all the deep, obscure tracks from ‘Load’ and ‘ReLoad’, you know I’d be lying to you. I don’t want to dampen anyone’s enthusiasm, but we’re leaning a little bit towards the classics.”
METALLICA invited around 300 fan club members last night (Friday, February 5) to watch the band’s “The Night Before” soundcheck. “Soundchecks can be notoriously uninspiring, but since we have to get some cobwebs out, and we figured people will be coming in from far away for the game, we invited 250 fan club members,” Ulrich told Rolling Stone. “It’ll up the ante and keep us on our toes.”
METALLICA has played at AT&T Park the last three years by hosting the annual “Metallica Night” at San Francisco Giants games. Last year, the band expanded that tradition, bringing “Metallica Night” into the South Bay for a San Jose Sharks hockey game.
METALLICA has been working on a new album, but there is no word if any new music will be aired at the performance.
Lead guitarist Kirk Hammett confirmed last November that the band was in the process of recording new material, saying, “At this point, we’re still just doing basic backing tracks. James [Hetfield, guitar/vocals] is doing his guitar stuff, and I am just kind of waiting patiently to go in there and do all of my guitar stuff.”
The last METALLICA album, “Death Magnetic”, came out in 2008.