Metallica will record a new gig for broadcast in drive-in theatres across North America.

The concert film will be shown on Aug. 29, and the Enter Sandman rockers are already in rehearsals ahead of shooting the concert footage.

A statement posted on the band’s website reads: “It’s been a crazy, hectic, thrilling and exciting time at Metallica HQ as the four of us have all been in the same room making music for the first time in almost a year!

“What’s going on?’ you ask? We’re recording a concert to appear at your local drive-in theatre… that’s what! We’ll be the first rock band to be featured in the Encore Drive-In Nights series, with a full set screening August 29th at hundreds of drive-in and outdoor theatres across the United States and Canada.”

Tickets will cost $115 per vehicle (holding up to six persons) and will come with four sets of download codes for an mp3 version of their upcoming live album S&M2 – which was recorded with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and is available as a documentary on home entertainment platforms from Aug. 28.

Describing their plans for the new show, the group add: “We’ve been rehearsing at HQ for a show that will be shot specially for the drive-ins at a location nearby later this week and then we’ll pass it off to our award-winning production team to then be edited and mixed at the highest standards possible to be beamed into your cars from the big screen.”

Tickets will be available to Metallica’s The Fifth Member fan club members via Ticketmaster from Wednesday, and go on general sale two days later.

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