Metallica to Play Drive-In Concert Aug. 29

Winter Drive-In in Wintersville to Host Unique Event


WINTERSVILLE — Metallica has confirmed its return to the stage for the first time since September 2019, and fans can take part in this historic, one-night-only event here in the Ohio Valley.

Metallica will be the first rock band to be featured in the Encore Drive-In Nights series, with a full set showing on Saturday, Aug. 29, at hundreds of drive-in and outdoor theaters across the United States and Canada, including the Winter Drive-In in Wintersville.

The show will be shot specially for the Encore Drive-In Nights Series at a location near the band’s Northern California headquarters and will subsequently be edited and mixed by Metallica’s award winning production team to the highest standards possible. The concert, the band’s first show in nearly a year, will feature material from throughout their near four-decade career and provide Metallica fans with an intimate, unique and truly memorable concert experience.

“In all of rock, it literally doesn’t get any bigger than Metallica,” said Walter Kinzie, CEO of Encore Live. “Over the course of their career these guys have completely redefined rock, touring and frankly what’s possible in terms of success in this industry. We’ve seen with our first two Encore Nights Drive-In concerts that fans absolutely dig the drive-in experience, and we know that Metallica is going to blow the top off of this thing and take it to a whole new level.”

Tickets go on sale to the general public through TicketMaster at noon today, Friday, Aug. 14, online at ticketmaster.com/encore-metallica.

Every ticket purchase — which admits one carload of up to six people — will include four digital downloads of Metallica’s “S&M2,” the long awaited album documenting the two historic concerts that reunited the band and San Francisco Symphony for the first time in 20 years. The “S&M2” concerts opened Chase Center in San Francisco in September of 2019 and were the last time Metallica performed live in front of an audience.

The Aug. 29 Drive-In show also will feature a special guest performance by Three Days Grace, which will perform a special live show specifically for the event.

This unique Metallica show is part of the Encore Drive-In Nights Series, which is presented by leading event production company Encore Live. Since June, Encore Live has partnered with drive-in theaters across the country to provide world-class entertainment in a safe, creative way.

For more information or to find other venues presenting the show, visit encorenights.com.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, musical acts have not been able to perform before crowds of any considerable size because of health and safety restrictions. Drive-in theaters, however, have seen an unprecedented comeback.

While major motion pictures put the brakes on new releases during the pandemic, some indoor movie theaters across the country have been open to limited crowds and have been showing previously released or even classic movies on the big screen.

Drive-in theaters by default are suited for social distancing and have been booming across the country this summer during the pandemic, despite the lack of new releases.

In addition to the Metallica Encore Drive-In Night performance, the Winter Drive-In on Luray Drive in Wintersville is scheduled to bring new first-run releases to the big screens in the coming weeks.


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