WASILLA— One of the most famous names in rock history recently confirmed their return to the stage for the first time in 2020 in a widespread, socially distant way. Metallica will be the first rock band in the Encore Drive-In Nights series with a full concert showing Aug. 29.

Metallica will be joined by special guest Three Days Grace. Their performances will be streamed one night only at hundreds of drive-in and outdoor theaters and venues across the U.S. and Canada, including the Alaska State Fairgrounds.

Metallica’s show was shot for the big screen specifically for the Encore Drive-In Nights Series near the band’s Northern California headquarters, according to a recent press release. The concert will feature material created throughout Metallica’s career spanning nearly four decades.

Metallica’s show is part of the Encore Drive-In Nights Series, presented by national event production company, Encore Live who’s partnered with drive-in theaters and other venues across the country to provide professional entertainment with safety and social distance in mind.

Metallica formed in 1981 with drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield. The band went on to become one of the most influential and successful rock bands in history, having sold nearly 120 million albums worldwide and generating more than 2.5 billion streams while playing to millions of fans on literally all seven continents, according to the press release.

“In all of rock, it literally doesn’t get any bigger than Metallica,” CEO of Encore Live Walter Kinzie stated in the press release. “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.”

Pre-sale tickets are available exclusively to Metallica’s Fifth Member fan club, and will go on sale on August 12 at General ticket sales open Aug. 14.

Each ticket for Encore Drive-In Nights’ concerts admits one carload of spectators. All tickets include four digital downloads of Metallica’s S&M2 album recorded with the San Francisco Symphony.

Drive-in theaters hosting the concert will adhere to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended guidelines as well as all state and local health mandates.

Staff will wear personal protective equipment and enforce at least six feet of space between cars. The series will also use contactless payment and ticketing systems and limit capacity in restrooms.

Guidelines around concessions will be enforced to abide by individual state regulations. For a full list of procedures that the Encore Drive-In Nights is employing to keep fans and staff safe, visit

Additional information about Encore Drive-In Nights can be found at

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