On the eve of the nation’s most anticipated sporting event, Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees and Grammy Award winners Metallica will headline CBS Radio’s The Night Before, a one-of-a-kind concert experience the evening prior to Super Bowl 50 at AT&T Park in the band’s hometown of San Francisco, CA. The concert marks the band’s first performance of 2016.

Speaking to Kory Grow of Rolling Stone, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich reveals his band will be debuting a new stage production. “It’s big,” he says. “I mean it’s really big. I haven’t seen it yet, but I got sent the first pictures last night, and it’s very vivid. It’ll light up the sky.”

Asked what fans can expect from the show’s set list, Ulrich says he and the band have been readying what its production manager Dan Braun calls Metallica’s “toe-tapping favorites.”

“If I told you that we were going to play all the deep, obscure tracks from Load and ReLoad, you know I’d be lying to you,” he says, chuckling. “I don’t want to dampen anyone’s enthusiasm, but we’re leaning a little bit towards the classics. We do so many different configurations of set lists for if we’re playing theaters, somebody’s basement, arenas, and recently at our last couple of indoor shows, we went very deep. Last summer, we played The Unforgiven II, which we’d never played live before, and we had tracks like Disposable Heroes and Metal Militia and King Nothing after a long absence. But I will go out on a limb here and say we will lean on the classics. There will be a significant portion of those, whatever they may be.”

Metallica fans around the world will be able to tune in to a live webstream of the show. The webcast will be a free 1080p FullHD stream live from AT&T Park, available on mobile and desktop devices at the LiveMetallica site. The Night Before show will also feature openers Cage the Elephant, with Metallica set to perform at approximately 8:30 p.m. PT.

Fans can preĀ­-order professionally mixed audio recordings of the show as downloads and collectible CDs are available at


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  1. I watched a part of the show. I thought they sounded great, like Metallica. Certainly more interesting than Coldplay and Beyonce, though I think Bruno Mars is pretty cool.

    Metal is always the red headed step child.

  2. People are still complaining about Metallica not being the Super Bowl 50 halftime performer. While they would had blown away Coldplay, Beyonce and Bruno Mars with a single Lulu track, ask yourself this question. Would you had preferred a 15 minute halftime performance or the FREE two hour ass-kickin’ webcast the night before?

    Oh, and on a side note, for all the #BlackLivesMatters, #OscarsSoWhite blah blah blah outcries, last night was #SuperBowlSoBlack. Imagine if Taylor Swift were performing with an all white dancing entourage?

    1. Actually, the fact that most metal performers are white, and their fan bases in North America and Europe are white, probably isn’t lost among music marketers and journalists when it comes to which band and genre they decide to push.

      They want music that “looks like America”.

  3. The NFL could not have allowed Metallica to play the half time show. They would have frightened all the corporate ticket holders to death, the cheerleaders would have instantaneously transformed into black leather suits and burned their pom-poms while cheering the crowd into synchronized headbanging, the field would have turned into a sonic bomb crater in front of the stage, and America still isn’t ready for a band that plays live music without choreography, costumes, or lip-syncing in prime time.

    Also, Metallica would have won the game and the NFL would have the awkward task of awarding the Lombardi trophy to a bunch of guys that aren’t even a football team.

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