METALLICA has confirmed that it will perform at "The Night Before", a concert event set to take place the night before Super Bowl 50, on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants.
During an appearance this past Monday (November 2) on the Alice @ 97.3 radio station, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich stated about the upcoming event (see video below): "We've only played AT&T one time before, which… we played with THE ROLLING STONES about ten years ago. So we've actually never headlined the baseball park. And we do, obviously, our cool thing with the Giants there… We have the 'Metallica Night' there with the Giants three or four years in a row, and I saw AC/DC there about a month ago, and, obviously, I've seen THE STONES there a bunch and I saw Jay-Z and Beyonce there last year. And we are so excited to… We've played, obviously, a lot of shows at Candlestick [Park] over the years, a lot of shows at Oakland Stadium. Actually, I was thinking about it the other day — we even played some shows at the soccer stadium in San Jose. But we've never played the baseball park until now. So there you go."
METALLICA fans will have access to "The Night Before" tickets first through a fan club pre-sale, while general ticket sales begin on Friday (November 6) at 10:00 a.m. PT through Ticketmaster.
METALLICA will be joined at the event by CAGE THE ELEPHANT, who will also perform.
Ulrich stated about the choice of the opening act: "We've had them on our music festival, Orion, back east a couple of years ago, and they're good friends of ours. And we look forward to that."
METALLICA has played at AT&T Park the last three years by hosting the annual "Metallica Night" at San Francisco Giants games. Earlier this 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 week 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.