Metallica announce second 20th anniversary ‘S&M’ show after bots scoop up all the tickets

Get excited. Get very excited.

Metallica have announced that they will play a second show to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their classic ‘S&M’ album, after bots scooped up all the tickets to the first show within seconds.

It was announced earlier this month that the band will deliver a special performance in September dubbed ‘S&M²’.

Reuniting with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, who accompanied the band on the iconic live album and DVD, the anniversary show will serve as part of the grand opening of the new Chase Centre, a multi-purpose arena in San Francisco that will also be the new home of NBA champions the Golden State Warriors.


While the event was initially billed as “one night only”, the band have now confirmed that a second show will go on sale exclusively to fan-club members after ticket bots scooped up all the tickets to the first event.

“We’ve heard you and we’ve learned from our missteps with this particular ticket on sale,” read a statement on the band’s website. “We’re working to make this right.”

“The second show gives us a chance to celebrate in a unique and very special way with all of you, the die-hard Fifth Members,” the statement read. “We’re all huddled at Metallica HQ now working out a plan to give every one of you the most fair and equal chance at obtaining tickets (and to do everything possible to keep the bots from getting any). … This is going to take a little time to get as close to foolproof as we can get it, so please sit tight for a few more days and we’ll be back with more details.”

The second show will take place on September 8, two days after the first S&M show.

James Hatfield and Lars Ulrich previously joined San Francisco Symphony Orchestra music director Michael Tilson Thomas, along with representatives from the Warriors franchise and San Francisco mayor London Breed, to make the announcement at the Chase Center earlier this month.


Please join us for this one-night-only show as we celebrate the addition of what is sure to become a cultural landmark in the Bay Area,” they said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to be invited to be a part of it and humbled to be sharing the stage with the legendary MTT and the city’s finest musicians in the San Francisco Symphony.”

Composed by Michael Kamen, the original ‘S&M’ album was in part a tribute to late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton’s love of classical music. Going on to be certified 5x platinum, ‘S&M’ featured the fan favourite ‘No Leaf Clover’.

Full details on what the performance will entail exactly is yet to be determined. ‘S&M²’ will take place September 6, 2019 and all ticketing info can be found on Metallica’s website.

In other news, Metallica‘s bassist Robert Trujillo has assured fans that the band’s next album will be out a lot quicker than the last two.

Fans had to wait five years for 2008’s ‘Death Magnetic’ and eight years for 2016’s ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct’ but Trujillo confirmed the metal veterans have already begun “jamming” on new material.