Metallica is undoubtedly one of the most popular bands in the music scene. Band bassist Robert Trujillo recently discussed the band’s couple of 40th-anniversary concerts, which were held in at San Francisco’s Chase Center on December 17 and December 19, during a recent SiriusXM Mandatory Metallica and Liquid Metal live call-in roundtable, hosted by Jose Mangin, Steffan Chirazi and Spider Dan. Recently it was also noted that Metallica band member went after a fan following an attack on Lars Ulrich’s son.
Robert Trujillo opens up on the problems
Robert admitted that one of the most “challenging” parts of the event was “the sound.” Here is what he explained:
“At least from where we are on stage, you get to certain pockets, like on the outer edges of the stage, some of those mics in the corner, the sound is bouncing around, so if you’re going to sing a backup part, you don’t hear your voice very well. So that was a little weird. There’s not time to find the sweet spots, so you’ve gotta kind of roll with it and just do the best you can and try and have a great time. And we did.”
Metallica’s two 40th-anniversary shows featured different setlists. They were part of Metallica’s “San Francisco Takeover”, a four-day citywide celebration of the band’s 40th anniversary that also included a film festival, photo exhibit, and curated lineup of smaller venue shows featuring other acts.
The 40th-anniversary shows marked Metallica’s comeback to Chase Center for the first time since the September 2019 “S&M²” concerts that also served as the venue’s grand opening. Those two shows grossed more than $4.1 million over the course of its two nights, according to reports submitted to Pollstar’s Boxoffice, and the band ranked at No. 4 on Pollstar’s worldwide touring chart that same year with a global gross of $175 million. Metallica are always writing new songs, with fans hoping for a new album in the year to come.