No one is more eager to get back out on the boards than Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich — but he believes live music won’t return until a year from now. While appearing at CNBC’s Evolve Summit, Ulrich said, “What we know now compared to three months ago, six months ago, is that the wait is unfortunately going to continue to be long. I would say third quarter, fall of next year, at the earliest, is what we’re betting on right now.” He went on to say, “As we unfortunately have to come to grips with, the last thing that will happen are big concerts, y’know 20,000 people in an arena, 50,000 people in a stadium. The good news on the live concert front, when Metallica and other bands like Metallica play big arena or stadium concerts again, then you can pretty much count on the fact that Covid, as we know it now, is over.” He was asked about repeating last summer’s last summer’s “Encore Drive-In Nights” event, which featured fans at socially distanced parking lots across the country watching a pre-recorded gig performed in isolation in Sonoma, California: “It was a success, but at the same time, I don’t know what kind of legs that kind of experience will have because I think it’s more of a one-off event. I don’t think it’s something you could do too often. The burnout factor is too big.”

Ulrich can’t stress enough how much musicians all over the world are chomping at the bit to perform live again, saying, “Everybody in the community is just beyond ready to get out there — but not at the expense of risking the health and safety of fans and crew members.”

Metallica will perform Friday night (November 13th) at the second “Within My Hands Helping Hands Concert and Auction” live on November 14th.

The special acoustic show will stream live from Metallica HQ and will benefit the all Within My Hands foundation.


  • Metallica’s latest live set, S&M2 with the San Francisco Symphony entered the Billboard 200 albums chart at Number Four. The album went on to top Billboard’s Classical Albums, Hard Rock Albums, Top Album Sales, and Top Rock Albums charts.
  • The set was culled from the band’s September 2019 venue opening shows at San Francisco’s Chase Center.
  • Metallica recently became the first artist to top Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs chart in four different decades.
  • The band’s latest single, “All Within My Hands” with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, sees the band topping the chart in the 1990’s, 2000’s, ’10s, and now, ’20s.
  • “Hands” is Metallica’s second chart-topping Mainstream Rock Songs with the Symphony, following 2000’s “No Leaf Clover.”

CHECK IT OUT: Metallica on August 12th, 2020 rehearsing “Nothing Else Matters” at the band’s San Francisco headquarters: