Metallica has announced a second show with the San Francisco Symphony, this one exclusively for members of the band's fan club. The new concert is set for September 8th, two days after the initial performance, and will once again see Metallica team up with the orchestra for the opening of San Francisco's new Chase Center arena.
The addition of the second show is at least partially in response to a number of fan club members getting shut out of tickets for the September 6th performance due to bots seizing all the available seats. Members of Metallica's fan club were supposed to be given the opportunity to buy tickets early, but it was reported that tickets began showing up instantly at StubHub just as the fan pre-sale started.
Drummer Lars Ulrich has told us before that Metallica's main objective is doing the best it can to satisfy its fans: “The main thing really is just the fans. How do you communicate with your fans, how do you get the music to the fans, how do you offer your fans the best Metallica experience that you can?”
Metallica wrote in part, “We've heard you and we've learned from our missteps with this particular ticket on sale . . . 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).”
The band added that it will “take a little time” to make the second show ticket sale “as close to foolproof as we can get it,” but promised to announce details soon.
Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony last played together in 1999, at a concert that was recorded and filmed for the S&M album and DVD. The classical musicians and classic rockers will be the first acts to perform at the new 18,064-seat arena that will serve as home to the NBA team Golden State Warriors in the fall.