After missing their original release window earlier this year, Metallica will release their S&M² box set, featuring Metallica’s 2019 performance with the San Francisco Symphony will be made available in August. The news of the set’s release was broken by drummer Lars Ulrich, who chatted with Metallica superfan Tracey Bednar, a pediatric ICU nurse from Long Island, New York, during last night’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”. During the quarantine, the ABC program is paying tribute to those who are on the frontline of the crisis. Last night’s #HealthCareHero was Bednar, who was surprised by Ulrich with VIP tickets to a Metallica concert and a copy of the “S&M²” box set signed by everyone in the band.
Showing a copy of “S&M²”, Ulrich said (see video below): “This is our next release called ‘S&M2’, which is coming out in August. And you’ll have the first signed copy of this special box set from me and the fellas coming your way shortly.”
The “S&M²” concerts featured Metallica reuniting with San Francisco Symphony for the first time since the original “S&M²” performances in 1999 documented by the Grammy-winning live album “S&M” — plus the first-ever Metallica/San Francisco Symphony renditions of songs written and released since those shows. Filmed over the two sold-out Metallica shows that opened the Chase Center — the new 18,064-seat arena in San Francisco — “S&M²” captures more than two and a half hours of James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo joining forces with the nearly 80-strong San Francisco Symphony, with a special appearance by legendary conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.