CHICAGO (CBS) — Three days after their first live concert in nearly two years in San Francisco, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Metallica played a surprise show at the Metro in Wrigleyville on Monday.
“THAT was way too much fun last week as we finally played in front of real live fans for the first time in over two years in our hometown of San Francisco. So why not do it again?? This time we’re in Chicago and we’ll be hitting the stage at the storied Metro on Clark Street tonight… our first time back there since 1983!!” the band announced on its website on Monday.
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@Metallica is playing Metro tonight. Stop everything you’re doing and head immediately to our box office.
•Proof of vaccination required
•Must be present to purchase a wristband
•One wristband per person
•$20 cash only pic.twitter.com/3oGkwmLhHt
— Metro (@MetroChicago) September 20, 2021
Wristbands for the concert were sold for $20 only at the Metro box office, with a limit of one per person. The intimate music hall has a capacity of about 1,100.
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination was required, as it is for all events at the Metro.
Sure enough, diehard fans lined up with their Metallica gear and tattoos before sundown. Doors opened at 7 p.m., and the concert began at 8:30 p.m.READ MORE: Joel Quenneville Meets With NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman Over Handling Of Blackhawks Sexual Assault Scandal
“You know, to get to go to a small venue like this and see a pretty intimate show – it’d be pretty cool,” a fan said.
Metallica last played the Metro, then known as Cabaret Metro, on Aug. 12, 1983 – back when Harold Washington was Chicago’s new mayor, the Cubs only played down the street at Wrigley Field during the day, and Metallica had only existed as a band for two years. The band has preserved the set list and some videos from that show 38 years ago online.
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Next month marks the 40th anniversary of the formation of Metallica.