METALLICA's social media has been updated with a link to the Metallicaxx.com web site featuring a countdown clock that is scheduled to hit zero Thursday (October 10) at 12:00 p.m. PT. Although no official information has been made available, fans are speculating that the band is preparing to announce some kind of a release related to the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the original "S&M" concerts, which saw METALLICA joining forces with the San Francisco Symphony at the Berkeley Community Theater in 1999.
To mark the 20th anniversary of METALLICA's first performance with the symphony, which resulted in the live album "S&M" (Symphony & Metallica), the band re-teamed with the San Francisco Symphony in early September for two shows for the grand opening of Chase Center, the new home of the Golden State Warriors.
A film of last month's concerts, called "S&M²" and conducted by Edwin Outwater with a special appearance by Michael Tilson Thomas, will arrive in theaters worldwide on October 9.
The shows each drew 16,000 fans and saw the four members of METALLICA playing on a circular, revolving stage in the center of the arena floor, surrounded by 75 members of the Symphony and Outwater.
The three-hour concerts were split into two parts and included a rendition of "Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth)" from METALLICA's debut album, "Kill 'Em All", performed as a solo by the Symphony bassist Scott Pingel in tribute to METALLICA's late bassist Cliff Burton.
The original "S&M" concerts were conducted by the late Michael Kamen.