Metallica Host "Drive In" Concert
Metallica gave their fans some extra fuel to feed their fire Saturday night (Aug. 29), providing a newly filmed concert playing specific to drive-in movie theatre crowds across the U.S. and Canada.
The Covid-19 pandemic has made it challenging for bands to give their fans the concert experience in 2020, but Metallica announced plans several weeks back to provide this unique concert opportunity. "Needless to say, this is an exciting first for us, as we continue to explore new ways to connect with you and keep playing live… this definitely qualifies as a unique and memorable experience for us. We hope you think so too," stated the band at the time.
For this performance, the band recently visited their nearby Gundlach Bundschu winery, according to The Sonoma News, giving fans a stunning mountain backdrop as they performed their set for audiences across North America. Metallica even had a special concert T-shirt made up for the event, and the item is still available at their webstore.
Matthew Wilkening of fellow Townsquare site Ultimate Classic Rock attended one of the drive-in shows, calling it "as close to a real summer concert going experience as you could ask for," adding that "the increasingly darkening sunset, mountains and vineyard provided a lovely backdrop for Metallica's show." He added, "Hetfield's voice sounded particularly strong and clear all night, perhaps aided by the fact that he wasn't trying to project to, or shout over, tens of thousand of fans for once."