15 July 2020 14:38
One of the world's hardest rocking bands, Metallica, recently announced that they will be hosting a live stream of their 'S&M2' performance with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Metallica famously played with the San Francisco Symphony for the first spectacular 'S&M' concert, conducted by the late great Michael Kamen, in April 1999. So in light of this upcoming live stream event, here's our Top 5 Metallica tunes as performed with the San Francisco Symphony. The sweet orchestral music, especially the lilting string section and stirring brass instrumentation perfectly contrasts with Metallica's brand of hard-rocking tunes and the tune has been a fan favorite for years. Metallica also famously made a metal cover of this song, featuring minimal vocals, for the 2007 tribute album 'We All Love Ennio Morricone'.
This sweeping track was specifically written for the 1999 'S&M' concert along with another new song,' Human' (Minus Human) and features a lush orchestral intro section before James Hetfield and Metallica then join the party. In keeping with this theme, Hetfield's lyrics also talks about the bad luck that heaps upon the song's protagonist, with one memorable line being "Then it comes to be that the soothing light at the end of your tunnel / Is just a freight train coming your way." The spellbinding track was been hailed as an underrated masterpiece by fans and for good reason too.It's probably the best song that Metallica has ever performed with an orchestra to date and with all due respect to 'The Unforgiven III', that looks unlikely to change. Another criminally underrated Metallica song, this power ballad was released as the second single from their 1996 album 'Load'. A cool bit of trivia for you diehard Metallica fans out there is that this song's working title was originally called 'Mouldy,' since its main riff sounded like something from the catalog of the singer-songwriter Bob Mould, of Hüsker Dü and Sugar fame. But despite the fact that it doesn't seem like a typical Metallica song (it was even written in a major key), it definitely sounds like a powerful new beast on the 1999 'S&M' version, with the added orchestral arrangements giving this melodic offering the phenomenal intensity and weighty gravitas it richly deserves.
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 conductor Edwin 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. I loved revisiting songs we don't play so often like "The Outlaw Torn" and "The Call Of Ktulu". "The Ecstasy Of Gold" (Ennio Morricone cover) (performed by the San Francisco Symphony) "Scythian Suite, Op.20, Second Movement" (Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev cover) (performed by the San Francisco Symphony) "The Unforgiven III" (performed by the San Francisco Symphony) "(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth" (bass part performed by San Francisco Symphony bassist) To mark the 20th anniversary of their incredible S&M album, the Four Horsemen rode into San Francisco's Chase Center for two nights alongside the city's symphony orchestra. It's a staggering achievement, featuring a breathtaking rendition of All Within My Hands, an awe-inspiring No Leaf Clover and a special double-bass rendition of Cliff Burton's masterpiece (Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth.
There were a lot of moments where we were proud of what was happening – whether it was Scott and Lars doing (Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth or All Within My Hands or us playing a non-Metallica song with the orchestra, it keeps you on your toes and keeps things exciting. Especially Lars, he's always pushing for the challenge, it's how he's wired." Metallica & San Francisco Symphony: S&M2 is out August 28. Metallica have released a video showcasing their track All Within My Hands, with the footage taken from their upcoming live album S&M2. Metallica first unveiled an acoustic take on the St. Anger track during their 2018 concert at The Masonic in San Francisco, which was organised in aid of their All Within My Hands Foundation. The performances were captured during Metallica's two shows with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra at the city's Chase Center in September 2019 – two nights which celebrated the 20th anniversary of the original S&M album. The very last show Metallica played before concerts as we know them disappeared was the 20th anniversary show of their 1999 orchestral S&M concerts (and live album/film) with the San Francisco Symphony.