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‘Metallica Day’ honors metal legends’ San Francisco legacy on band’s 40th anniversary

Members of Metallica appeared with San Francisco Mayor London Breed Thursday at Chase Center to celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary.

Drummer Lars Ulrich and bassist Robert Trujillo joined the mayor and Another Planet Entertainment President Gregg Perloff for a press conference, with Breed declaring Thursday Metallica Day in a proclamation.

The mayor said Metallica’s music has touched many generations and the band’s influence in The City and throughout the Bay Area:

When you talk about San Francisco, you talk about cable cars, and then you talk about your Metallica.”

Breed also noted that while the band is playing at Chase Center for two nights for its 40th anniversary Friday and Sunday, Metallica still plays at smaller venues in The City, like The Independent last September.

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While the group formed in 1981 in southern California, Urlich said he felt like that band didn’t belong in Los Angeles and that they felt like “complete outsiders.” It was not until the band performed at several venues in San Francisco that the band felt at home:

We were just embraced instantly. We felt so welcomed, so loved, and we finally felt like we belonged someplace.”

The press event at Chase Center was not just to declare Thursday Metallica Day, but it also to kick off a number of events that began Thursday night and will last through the weekend called Metallica San Francisco Takeover events.

Events include a Metallica Film Fest at the AMC Kabuki 8 on Saturday and parties by Blackened Whiskey, the whiskey company that Metallica has collaborated with to celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary. Thursday night also kicked off a Metallica block party on Valencia Street between 15th and 17th Streets that started at 5 p.m. and will last until 10 p.m.

More events can be found online on Metallica’s website.

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