Last week, I attended the Metallica—S&M2 film at the cinema in Dundee. It was magnificent; I must have smiled ear to ear all evening.

Celebrating 20 years since Metallica’s groundbreaking S&M concerts and album recorded with the San Francisco Symphony, they were back together again for two nights (6 and 8 September 2019) in the newly-opened Chase Center in San Francisco.

My concert highlight was in the second half, the Cliff Burton classic from Metallica’s debut album Kill ‘Em All (1983) “(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth” played on an electric double bass by Scott Pingel, principal bassist of the San Francisco Symphony. It was glorious—a perfect tribute to Cliff and a perfect fusion of orchestra and metal played with passion and respect.

This is a fan-filmed ‘bootleg’ of the track.

Demand has been so high that it’s going to be shown again in cinemas on 30 October. I recommend it. I’m tempted to go again.

Set list

First half

  1. The Ecstasy of Gold (Ennio Morricone cover) (performed by the San Francisco Symphony)
  2. The Call of Ktulu
  3. For Whom the Bell Tolls
  4. The Day That Never Comes
  5. The Memory Remains
  6. Confusion
  7. Moth Into Flame
  8. The Outlaw Torn
  9. No Leaf Clover
  10. Halo on Fire

Second half

  1. Scythian Suite, Op.20 , Second Movement (Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev cover) (performed by the San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas conducting)
  2. Iron Foundry (Alexander Mosolov cover) (Michael Tilson Thomas conducting) with Metallica
  3. The Unforgiven III (performed by the San Francisco Symphony with James Hetfield on vocals, Michael Tilson Thomas conducting)
  4. All Within My Hands (with Avi Vinocur) (acoustic)
  5. (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth (standing bass solo by Scott Pingel, principal bassist of the San Francisco Symphony)
  6. Wherever I May Roam
  7. One
  8. Master of Puppets
  9. Nothing Else Matters
  10. Enter Sandman (with ‘The Frayed Ends of Sanity’ outro, Michael Tilson Thomas conducts and moves to keys at finish)

I hope this gets released in due time on CD and DVD/Blu-ray.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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