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Rock Out to Metallica at the Drive-In

Are you craving a concert experience amid the coronavirus crackdown? A new Metallica concert will be streamed at drive-in theaters across the United States and Canada at the end of August.

According to the band’s website, Metallica is the first rock band featured for the Encore Drive-In Nights concert series. Metallica will shoot a new concert, which will be played at hundreds of outdoor theaters in the United States and Canada on Saturday, Aug. 29.

“We’ve been rehearsing at HQ for a show that will be shot specially for the drive-ins at a location nearby later this week and then we’ll pass it off to our award winning production team to then be edited and mixed at the highest standards possible to be beamed into your cars from the big screen,” a quote on the band’s website stated.

Encore Live, the company producing the events, held the first event in the Drive-In Nights series on Saturday, July 25. Blake Shelton headlined the inaugural event, and Gwen Stefani and Trace Adkins also performed as special guests. Additional drive-in concerts are planned for the fall, but the artists are not yet announced.

All performances are filmed exclusively for the event series, according to the Drive-In Nights website, although the shows are not live. Ticket-holders listen to the audio via FM radio and audience-members are encouraged to bring a battery-operated radio to listen to the concert.

Each ticket offers admission for one car with up to six people. However, each guest must have a seat belt and RVs and limos are not permitted. For the Aug. 29 show, each ticket purchase includes four mp3 digital downloads from Metallica’s upcoming film, “S&M2.” “S&M2” which will be released on Friday, Aug. 28, is a live concert film with Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony, according to the Metallica website.

Metallica performed with the symphony in October 2019. The film includes 2.5 hours of music from the two-night performance, including two classical songs and plenty of Metallica’s hits. It is available for pre-order on the Metallica website,

If you plan to go to a Drive-In Nights concert, get there early. Showtimes are approximate, according to the Drive-In Nights website, and most shows start when the sun goes down. The gates open about an hour before the show starts. Concerts are expected to sell out.

To keep everyone safe, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local regulations, will be followed, according to the Metallica website. Encore Drive-In also partnered with health experts to set procedures for staff and fans, the website stated.

More events are in the works, so check the Encore Drive-In Nights website for updates at

Tickets went on sale on Friday, Aug. 14, at noon local time. One ticket admits one carload of up to six people. Purchase tickets online at Ticketmaster


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