Metallica will get the Super Bowl party started early.
The Bay Area metal group, which ranks among the best-selling rock acts of all time, performs a Super Bowl eve show at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Feb. 6.
Metallica vocalist-guitarist James Hetfield made the announcement early Monday on San Francisco radio station Live 105, sounding thrilled to be part of the overall festivities connected to Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium.
“I am super stoked,” he said during the radio spot. “We are a local band … we have to be involved somehow.”
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Tickets are $49.50-$149.50 and go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday, www.ticketmaster.com. There will be, however, a pre-sale for Metallica fan club members. See www.metallica.com for more information. Also, Citi card members can get pre-sale ducats from 10 a.m. Wednesday to 10 p.m. Thursday, citiprivatepass.com.
Cage the Elephant opens the show.
The concert is the third annual “CBS Radio’s The Night Before.” The Red Hot Chili Peppers headlined the event in New York in 2014 and country stars Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley and Florida Georgia Line were on the bill in Phoenix in 2015.
Hetfield, a self-described “football fan since birth,” was none-too-shy during the Live 105 interview about his own gridiron allegiance. He optimistically described the upcoming Super Bowl as “Raiders vs. who?”
It will be the first full Metallica gig in the Bay Area since the band headlined the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park in 2012.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame act has been working on new music, guitarist Kirk Hammett said earlier in the year. The band’s last studio album was 2008’s “Death Magnetic.”
Metallica has reportedly sold more than 100 million albums during its nearly 35-year career.
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