Metallica is set to release a new box set, S&M2, due in August.
Drummer Lars Ulrich teased the news during his latest appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, as he surprised a pediatric ICU nurse on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic in Long Island. After Tracey Bednar, Kimmel’s latest “health care hero,” noted that she’s a big fan of Metallica and often listens to “Enter Sandman” on her drive home, Ulrich appeared onscreen to show his appreciation – and unveil the S&M2 package.
“This is our next release called S&M2, which is coming up in August,” he told Bednar, displaying the vivid artwork. “You will have the first signed copy of this special box set from me and the fellas coming your way shortly.”
Ulrich didn’t report any other particulars about the set, including its exact contents or a specific release date. However, it’s reasonable to expect the box will feature — in some shape — Metallica’s September 2019 S&M2 concerts with the San Francisco Symphony.
The concert marked the 20th anniversary of the parties’ first collaboration, which created the 1999 live album S&M. Metallica also recorded the S&M2 shows for a concert film of the same name that screened for one night in more than 3,000 theaters worldwide.
During the Kimmel interview, Ulrich also praised Bednar for her dedication to fighting COVID-19 and promised her a VIP experience — including dinner and drinks — the next time Metallica are able to perform in her area. “Thank you for having Metallica being a part of your life and your ride home — and that ‘Enter Sandman’ gets you home in one piece,” he said.
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