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15 July 2020 14:38

Metallica San Francisco Symphony S&M

Destination Jam: Metallica to live stream 'S&M2' with the San Francisco Symphony, here are their top 5 tunes

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.

Let's close out this playlist with Metallica's all-time classic ballad and mega-fan favorite, 'Nothing Else Matters'. With lyrics like "So close, no matter how far / Couldn't be much more from the heart / Forever trust in who we are / And nothing else matters" it's clear why the song struck such a universal chord with fans and it has been one of Metallica's most-played songs in concerts around the world. After rumours of its imminent arrival, Metallica have officially announced that their S&M² box set, featuring the band's 2019 performance with the San Francisco Symphony, will be out on August 28. The S&M² box set comprises the recordings from September 2019 when Metallica reunited with San Francisco Symphony for the first time since the original S&M² performances in 1999 documented by the Grammy-winning live album S&M — plus the first-ever Metallica/San Francisco Symphony renditions of songs written and released since those shows. Recorded over the two sold-out Metallica shows that opened the Chase Center — the new 18,064-seat arena in San Francisco — the S&M² box set captures more than two and a half hours of James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo joining forces with the nearly 80-strong San Francisco Symphony, with a special appearance by legendary conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.

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.

It was really special as a musician to experience that side of the sonic spectrum." The recording of S&M2 took place across September 6 and 8, and were the first shows performed in San Francisco's new 20,000 seat arena, the Chase Center, coming just days after their epic European stadium run. For me it was the excitement of doing something that I'd personally never done before, to feel the power of the orchestra, and to know that everybody in that building is absolutely excited and thrilled to experience this side of Metallica." As Rob explains, Lars and conductor Edwin Outwater spent a long time working on song choices and arrangements, with a nod toward the previous S&M album. There's a moment where [James] is singing with just the orchestra on Unforgiven III, and that was a very powerful moment for me as a fan. I didn't know much about [conductor] Michael Kamen so the whole thing was very new to my ears, and I just thought it was a very powerful statement by Metallica." I'm a lover of all musicians and great players, but that instrument in particular is so powerful, and I often feel like it's underused – especially in rock and metal. Yes, we're playing the music of Metallica, but at the same time we're celebrating classical music and the San Francisco Symphony, as well as [musical director] Michael Tilson Thomas.

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.