Metallica will offer a free livestream of their pre-Super Bowl 50 concert, “The Night Before.” The sold-out show, held February 6th at San Francisco’s AT&T Park, will be viewable in HD format via mobile and desktop devices right here. “We don’t want anyone to be left out!” the band writes. “Keep watching the site and our social media outlets for updates all this week as the stage and production are built at the ballpark and we rehearse at HQ.”
“The Night Before” show will also feature openers Cage the Elephant, with Metallica set to perform at approximately 8:30 p.m. PT. The metal legends have history with the hometown venue, having taken part in “Metallica Night” events at AT&T Park in conjunction with San Francisco Giants games.
Meanwhile, the quartet continue to work on their as-yet-untitled 10th LP, a follow-up to 2008’s Death Magnetic. In March 2014, the band debuted eight-minute epic “Lords of Summer” during their Metallica by Request tour; last November, they released an in-studio video that teased a few of James Hetfield’s crushing in-progress riffs.
“It’s heavy,” guitarist Kirk Hammett told Ultimate Classic Rock in October. “We’ve got some heavy stuff going. It delivers on that front for sure. You know, I would say a lot of it is along the lines of Death Magnetic. A lot of it seems to be going along those lines. But you know, with social media now and everything else, I’m a little bit wary to comment too much on the album, because then people pick up on it. Then, people think that that’s the final definitive statement on what this album is, or how much of it is done, or what it sounds like or whatever – and that’s not really the case. It’s not accurate. We’re still working on it.”
Whenever the album comes, fans will be aware in advance. “Right now, it’s not like we’re going to do one of those things where we’ll just give it to iTunes on Thursday without telling anybody,” drummer Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone. “That’s not in the cards.”