The legendary rock band Metallica plans to take over the city of San Francisco for three days in the middle of December on the 16th, 17th and 18th. The band is not overrunning the government or forcing all radio stations to just play Metallica music. It’s nothing crazy like that. What they are doing is celebrating their 40th Anniversary as a band with a series of Metallica related events that culminate in their huge Anniversary concerts to be held at San Francisco’s Chase Center on the 17th and 19th. Instead of just playing those grand concerts the band has sort of set up a type of Metallica comic con like event that will run for three days and feature some great live music and presentations of Metallica material in assorted venues.
The only catch for fans looking to attend all events is the cost. First off, to attend separate events is actually pretty cheap while some tickets run from anywhere between 10 and 25 dollars for certain events. The first event is a concert at August Hall at 420 Mason Street on December 16th that features the bands White Reaper and Taipei Houston. White Reaper were a contributing band to the 53 track tribute album entitled Metallica Blacklist that featured many huge stars like Elton John and Miley Cyrus. The band Taipei Houston features Layne and Myles Ulrich who are the two sons of Metallica’s Lars Ulrich. Tickets for that double bill are respectively priced at just $25.00. The concert starts at 8:30 pm and tickets will go on sale Friday Nov 19th 2021.
On the next day on Friday the 17th the festivities really get rocking with a kick of party sponsored by Blackened American Whiskey. The party will begin at 5:00 pm and run for two hours at the Executive Order Bar & Lounge at 868 Mission Street. Fans will then have two hours to head over to the Fillmore at 1805 Geary Blvd to see a concert by the bands The Wedding Band, Goodnight, Texas, and Bastardane. At ticket prices of just $39.50 this just might be the sweetest deal of the weekend because The Wedding Band is a group that features Metallica’s incredible guitarist Kirk Hammett and their immaculate bassist Robert Trujillo and well as vocalist Whitfield Crane of Ugly Kid Joe drummer Joey Castillo who used to play with Queens of the Stone Age and Danzig as well as the stud guitarist Doc Coyle from Bad Wolves. If your into hearing these phenomenal musicians playing covers of Billy Idol and who knows what else, this is a show not to miss.
The Metallica festival will have its biggest day on Saturday the 18th with a day filled with events that will start at 11:00 am in the morning with many of them overlapping as they will last all day and into the night. These events will include a showing by photographer Ross Halfin of the book Metallica: The Black Album in Black & White at 198 Utah Street. There will be a book signing at Elk’s Lodge in Union Square a 450 Post Street at 12:00 pm. A Question & Answer with Steffan Chirazi will happen at 4:00 pm at Elk’s Lodge in Union Square. Tickets for that event will be $10.00.
One of the highlights of Metallica taking over San Francisco will be the Film Fest at the The AMC Kabuki 8 at 1881 Post Street. The Film Fest will feature the films Cliff ’Em All, Cunning Stunts Orgullo, and Pasión y Gloria: Tres Noches En La Ciudad de México. Tickets for the film fest that starts at 11:00 am will sell for $10.00
More music will be on tap at 8:30 pm at The Chapel at 777 Valencia Street. The show will feature the bands OTTTO, Taipei Houston, and Bastardane. Ticket prices will be $25.00 for the concert. A Metallica tribute band concert will also take place the same evening at Bimbo’s 365 at 1025 Columbus Ave. The show will feature the bands …And Tributes for All! …A Celebration of Metallica with Damage Inc., Motorbreath, and Sandman The ticket price for the tribute show is set at $29.50
The great saxophonist Kamasi Washington will all be performing at 9.00 pm at August Hall at 420 Mason Street. Tickets for his show will be 55.00. And of course no festival will be complete without a Mashup Party. Being billed as the Blackened American Whiskey Presents The Official Metallica Mashup Party, that fun event will take place at The Great Northern at 119 Utah Street at 10:00 PM
While tickets for individual events are rather cheap, fans do have the chance to UPGRADE! Tickets to attend all events and also purchase the Takeover The 40th Upgrade Package will cost $1799.00. Yes that right, almost two thousand dollars to attend all the events and receive special gifts including a chance to meet Master Distiller Rob Dietrich at a Private Blackened Tasting Event at The Wingtip Club. A limited edition souvenir laminate, a poster, a merch bundle and a signed setlist form the 40th Anniversary concerts. However, and wait for this one…….. the upgrade package does not include tickets to the Metallica concerts.
If your a bg time Metallica fan and are looking to be a part of the 40th Anniversary celebration in San Francisco in the middle of December, be ready to buy your tickets online this Friday November 19th 2021. You can click on the link below to take you to the page to buy the tickets.
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