METALLICA played the secret concert on August 10 without any of their fans in attendance.
Less than half a dozen locals were made aware that the biggest heavy metal band in the world was set up overlooking the vineyard of the Sonoma winery secretly performing some of their biggest hits without an audience.
The band rehearsed for two weeks at their headquarters while the METALLICA crew stayed in 30 rooms at Sonoma’s El Pueblo Inn for almost two weeks. Everyone was subjected to repeated COVID testing before METALLICA played the secret concert on August 10 without any of their fans in attendance.
METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett told Uproxx about the concert: “We filmed the actual drive-in show about two weeks ago, at a secret location in Northern California. And it was the first time that we had gotten together since [last September’s] ‘S&M’ shows.
It was really important for us to be able to come together and play that particular show because we needed to just get some sort of semblance of, if we’re going to go forward in the future, how that was going to look with the pandemic going, and all of these safety protocols. We adapted this whole safety protocol so that we were able to work at HQ, and rehearse without us having any fears of being infected, or infecting other people.
What that meant was getting tested for COVID, literally every other day. That week of rehearsal, I got tested for COVID five times… It also meant that our entire crew had to have face masks on. A double face mask, which was a paper mask and an N95 mask, [plus] a face shield, and a raincoat, and gloves, and sanitize, and just spray our guitars.
So Heavy metal legends Metallica is returning to the stage for its first concert of 2020 — but in a different way thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The band will stream a performance one night only at drive-in theaters across North America, including two in the Tri-State The event is part of the Encore Drive-In Nights series and is happening on August 29.
In early May, the four members of METALLICA overcame social distancing to record a new version of their song “Blackened”, with each member separated in his own home. The split-screen video was posted to the band’s social media channels.
METALLICA has been largely out of the public eye since last fall when the band canceled an Australian tour and announced that frontman James Hetfield was returning to rehab for the first time since 2002 to battle his addictions.