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Metallica’s first show of 2020 is a drive-in concert event screening at hundreds of outdoor theaters across the United States and Canada, including 10 Arizona locations, on Saturday, Aug. 29.
This is Metallica’s first live performance since the September 2019 S&M2 concerts that opened Chase Center in San Francisco and found them reuniting with the San Francisco Symphony for the first time in 20 years.
This is also the first rock show in the Encore Drive-In Nights series, following a concert by Blake Shelton. Since June, Encore Live has partnered with drive-in theaters across the country to provide entertainment in a safe environment.
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Here are the drive-in concert locations
The metro Phoenix locations airing Metallica’s concert are Digital Drive-In in Mesa, the Drive-In at Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek, West Wind Glendale Drive-In and WestWorld of Scottsdale.
The show also will air at Tucson Dragway Drive-In, Pima Country Fairgrounds in Tucson, Findlay Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, Yuma Fair Drive-In and two El Toro Flicks Carpool Cinema locations, in Oro Valley and Tucson.
How to get tickets
Pre-sale tickets, available exclusively to Metallica’s Fifth Member fan club, will go on sale on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at ticketmaster.com/encore-metallica. General on-sale will begin on Friday, Aug. 14.
Every ticket purchase, which admits one carload of up to six people, will include four digital downloads of Metallica’s “S&M2,” an album documenting those concerts last year with the San Francisco Symphony.
“S&M2” will be released on Aug. 28 on the band’s own Blackened Recordings.
What you can expect to see and hear
The show will be a full set shot specially for the Encore Drive-In Nights Series, at a location near Metallica’s Northern California headquarters and subsequently edited and mixed by their award-winning production team.
The set list will feature material from throughout their near four-decade career.
Three Days Grace will open the Aug. 29 show.
Drive-in theaters hosting the concert will adhere to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended guidelines as well as all state and local health mandates.
Staff will wear personal protective equipment and enforce at least six feet of space between cars. The series will also use contactless payment and ticketing systems and limit capacity in restrooms.
Guidelines around concessions will be enforced to abide by individual state regulations. For a full list of procedures that the Encore Drive-In Nights is employing to keep fans and staff safe, visit encorenights.com.
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