In an area ripe with options, Super Bowl week was sure to feature some local favorites in the music industry. It should come as no surprise who made the cut.
On Monday, it was announced Metallica will headline CBS Radio’s The Night Before concert on Feb. 6, the eve of Super Bowl 50. The event will be held at AT&T Park, home of the band’s favorite baseball team.
“I am super stoked,” guitarist James Hetfield said on the Kevin Klein Live radio show. “We are a local band. We have to be involved somehow.”
General ticket sales will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at Ticketmaster outlets. Prices range from $49.95 to $149.50 each. Indie blues band Cage the Elephant kicks off the event.
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The band certainly are no strangers to local baseball fans and AT&T Park. Last May, the Giants hosted a Metallica Day tribute for the third consecutive season. Drummer Lars Ulrich threw out the ceremonial first pitch, and Hetfield and guitarist Kirk Hammett performed “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Metallica also filmed a commercial in which they invaded the Giants’ locker room, where they replaced the white home uniforms with The Black Jersey, a tie-in to The Black Album, the band’s signature work. The game marked the first time the Giants wore black jerseys at home.