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Metallica Will Screen First Concert of 2020 at Drive-Ins in the United States and Canada

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  • Metallica will make their long-awaited return to the stage this month, screening their first 2020 concert at hundreds of drive-ins and outdoor theaters throughout the U.S. and Canada on August 29.
  • Their 1991 self-titled album, commonly known as the Black Album, has been certified 16x platinum by the RIAA and remains the bestselling album in Nielsen Soundscan history.
  • Each ticket to the Encore Drive-In Nights concert will come with four digital downloads of S&M2, which should give the album a huge boost on the Billboard 200 in its first week.
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As part of the Encore Drive-In Nights series, Metallica will make their long-awaited return to the stage this month, screening their first 2020 concert at hundreds of drive-ins and outdoor theaters throughout the U.S. and Canada on August 29.

Following successful drive-in shows from Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton, the thrash metal titans would become the first non-country act to appear in the series, with the latter attracting 350,000 plus fans to more than 300 locations throughout North America. As for such events, the participating locations must conform to the standards of the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, including personnel equipped with personal protective equipment and having at least six feet of space between vehicles.

Metallica is filming the concert in an unknown venue near to their home in Northern California. It will be the band’s first appearance since they collaborated with the San Francisco Symphony last September to record their S&M2 concerts at the Chase Center in San Francisco over two sold-out nights. Tickets to the Encore Drive-In Nights gig cost $115 a carload, allowing up to six people to join. Post-grunge rockers Three Days Grace will “open” the show.

Nearly 40 years after releasing their debut album Kill ‘Em All, Metallica is still capable of commanding stadium-sized crowds and selling millions of albums. Their 1991 self-titled album, commonly known as the Black Album, has been certified 16x platinum by the RIAA and remains the bestselling album in Nielsen Soundscan history. Last year’s S&M2 concert film became the biggest global rock event cinema release of all time, pulling in more than $5.5 million from over 3,700 cinemas around the world.

Expect that hot streak to continue when Metallica releases their S&M2 live album on August 28. Each ticket to the Encore Drive-In Nights concert will come with four digital downloads of S&M2, which should give the album a huge boost on the Billboard 200 in its first week. The original S&M album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in 1999 and has since been certified 5x platinum by the RIAA.

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