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Nova Scotia drive-in theatres get hardwired for special Metallica show on Aug. 29

Although veteran hard rock band Metallica won't be hitting the road any time soon, Nova Scotia fans can catch them on the big screen in a specially filmed performance on Saturday, Aug. 29. The Encore Drive-In Nights presentation will be available at the Valley Drive-In in Cambridge, Pictou County’s Highland Drive-In in Westville and Sydney’s Cape Breton Drive-In. Tickets go on sale on Friday. - Contributed
Although veteran hard rock band Metallica won't be hitting the road any time soon, Nova Scotia fans can catch them on the big screen in a specially filmed performance on Saturday, Aug. 29. The Encore Drive-In Nights presentation will be available at the Valley Drive-In in Cambridge, Pictou County’s Highland Drive-In in Westville and Sydney’s Cape Breton Drive-In. Tickets go on sale on Friday. - Ross Halfin/Warner Music


Although the return of large arena and outdoor shows is still a long way off in the future, fans of legendary hard rockers Metallica can experience them on the big screen at three drive-in theatres in Nova Scotia on Saturday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m.

The Valley Drive-In Theatre in Cambridge, Pictou County’s Highland Drive-In Theatre in Westville and the Cape Breton Drive-In Theatre in Sydney are all presenting the one-night-only Encore Drive-In Nights show by one of the biggest concert draws in the world, with a special guest appearance by Canada’s own Three Days Grace. The Metallica show will also be on the big screen of the Sussex Drive-In in New Brunswick.

Metallica will perform a full set of songs spanning its entire career, dating back nearly four decades. The show will mark the California quartet’s first return to the stage since its final symphony show at San Francisco’s Chase Centre in September 2019.



In June, drummer Lars Ulrich announced that the band had been working on new material for its next record while in self-isolation, using the Zoom teleconferencing platform. When a new studio release eventually surfaces, it will be Metallica’s first collection of all-new material since 2016’s Hardwired ... to Self-Destruct, which featured the rock chart hits Hardwired, Moth Into Flame and Atlas, Rise!.

In the meantime, the drive-in concert presentation comes one day after the Aug. 28 release of Metallica's S&M2 orchestral project recorded with the San Francisco Symphony. It's a sequel to the band’s multi-platinum S&M release, also recorded with the San Francisco Symphony, from 1999.



The first rock show in the Encore Drive-In Nights series, which previously presented country star Blake Shelton on screens across North America in July, the performance will be a specially shot set recorded at a location near Metallica’s Northern California headquarters that will be edited and mixed by the band’s award-winning production team, for a unique and surprisingly intimate experience, even when cranked to 11.

“In all of rock, it literally doesn’t get any bigger than Metallica,” said Walter Kinzie, CEO of Encore Live, announcing the one-of-a-kind event. “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.”

The Encore Nights Drive-In Concerts are designed to be safe and physically distanced events that can be enjoyed in the safety and comfort of your own vehicle. Each drive-in will follow local health safety protocols regarding wearing protective masks in the concession and washroom areas and maintaining the proper distance between yourself and other patrons. For example, the Valley Drive-In has its own page listing its COVID-19 requirements and sanitation procedures.

Admission is priced per carload, up to six people each, at $155 ($25.83 each for six, $31 each for five, etc.). Each carload pass also comes with four free digital downloads of Metallica’s new S&M2 symphonic album. General tickets go on sale on Friday, Aug. 14, with a Metallica Fifth Member fan club presale on Wednesday, Aug. 12.

Ticket sales will be handled online at www.ticketmaster.com/encore-metallica. For more information on the individual screenings, visit the Facebook pages and websites for the Valley Drive-In, Highland Drive-In and Cape Breton Drive-In.

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