Metallica has just rolled out a pair of fan club-only shows in celebration of the band’s 40th anniversary. The two concerts — with completely different setlists — will take place on December 17th and 19th at San Francisco’s Chase Center. In addition to the Metallica gigs, San Francisco will host a four-date Metallica anniversary celebration “with comedy shows, live music events, and Blackened Whiskey tastings also planned, starting Thursday, December 16th.”

The band posted on its official website:

As hard as it is to believe, the band will be turning the big 4-0 this October. It’s a wild thing to wrap our heads around… it feels like just yesterday that we were hitting the stage playing our first show at Radio City in Anaheim, California, in the spring of 1982.

OK, fair enough maybe that wasn’t just yesterday; so many things have happened since Lars and James got together in the fall of ’81… almost 2,000 live shows across seven continents, mind-blowing successes and crazy off-road adventures. It’s been a nutty ride and even though most of the time it feels like we’re just getting started, we’re excited to celebrate the past four decades with you.  

According to Rolling Stone, “Tickets for the concerts will only be available to worldwide fans in the band’s Fifth Member fan club, who will enter to win a reservation code that will guarantee them the opportunity to purchase tickets for either one of or both shows; travel packages that include both tickets and hotel accommodations will also be available at”


  • Metallica played its first concert on March 14th, 1982 at Radio City in Anaheim, California in front of an estimated 75 people.
  • The band’s lineup featured James Hetfield on vocals, Dave Mustaine on guitar, Ron McGovney on bass and Lars Ulrich on drums.

CHECK IT OUT: Metallica being interviewed in March 1983: