The members of Metallica will make select personal appearances at theaters around the country starting this Thursday (September 26th) to celebrate the release of their new 3D IMAX movie, Metallica Through The Never. The film officially opens on Friday (September 27th) for an exclusive week-long run on IMAX screens before expanding to other theaters on October 4th.
It might be good to have members of the group on hand to explain the surreal narrative that winds its way through the concert footage, in which a roadie played by Dane DeHaan finds himself in an increasingly hostile urban environment while on a mission for the band. Bassist Robert Trujillo told us what he thinks it all means: "My take on it is there's two worlds. When you're in a concert venue with Metallica, it could seem like the most perfect environment. But beyond those walls of the venue, you have mayhem and it could be anything. It could be anarchy. There are problems beyond those walls that exist with what's happening in that bubble of, you know, this perfect world of music and metal."
Here are the listings for the band members' personal appearances:
Thursday, September 26:
James Hetfield: San Francisco, CA: Exact theater to be determined, 10:00 p.m. San Francisco, CA: AMC Emeryville, 12:15 a.m. (technically September 27)
Lars Ulrich: Los Angeles, California: Chinese Theater, 10 p.m. screening Los Angeles, California: Exact theater to be determined 12:01 a.m. (technically September 27)
Kirk Hammett: Milwaukee, Wisconsin: AMC Mayfair (Wauwatosa), 10:00 p.m. Chicago, Illinois: AMC Woodfield (Schaumburg), 12:15 a.m. (technically September 27)
Robert Trujillo: New Brunswick, New Jersey: AMC New Brunswick 18, 10:00 p.m. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: AMC Franklin Mills, 12:01 a.m. (technically September 27)
Friday, September 27:
Lars Ulrich: Riverside, California: AMC Tyler Galleria, 4:30 p.m. Norwalk, California: AMC Norwalk, 7:35 p.m.
Kirk Hammett: Houston, Texas: AMC Gulf Point, 4:40 p.m. Dallas, Texas: AMC Northpark, 10:00 p.m.
Robert Trujillo: Washington, DC: Regal Majestic 20 (Silver Springs), 7:30 p.m. Boston, Massachusetts: AMC Boston Commons 19, 12:10 a.m. (technically September 28)
- In other news, Metallica played two special gigs over the weekend in New York City: the first was Saturday night (September 21st) at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem, where the band played an intimate show for around 1,500 fans in the small yet historic theater.
- The second event, on Sunday (September 22nd), took place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, where the band came out to play "Enter Sandman" in honor of Yankees great Mariano Rivera, who is retiring at the end of this season.
- The closer, who holds the Major League record for most saves, has used "Enter Sandman" as his entrance music since 1999.
- After their performance in center field, Metallica came down to home plate to present Rivera with a custom amplifier that read "Metallica 42 Sandman" in honor of the pitcher's uniform number. That day's opposing team, the San Francisco Giants, also gave Rivera a custom guitar designed by Kirk Hammett and signed by baseball legend Willie Mays, according to Loudwire.
CHECK IT OUT: Watch Metallica perform "Sad But True" at the Apollo:
See fan-filmed footage of Metallica performing at Mariano Rivera Day at Yankee Stadium:
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth -- agree or not?
Joseph Boccia wrote: "I'm so tired of this band."
Alexander Kirichko wrote: "A Metallica concert, in 3D folks.Way Cool!"
Patrick Tremblay wrote: "I think the reviews are great. I'll give it a chance and I'll have an open mind!"
David Walker wrote: "Awesome, looks like I'll be hanging with Trujillo in Boston!"
Richard Johnson wrote: "I have a bad feeling this is gonna suck!"
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