Bay Area band Metallica, is use to playing to sold out arenas and stadiums for over three decades. On Friday, Sept. 27th, the band’s film “Metallica: Through the Never,” opened in theaters in 3D and IMAX. The band hit the road, but instead of playing concerts they have been doing Red Carpets and Q & A’s in support of the new film. The film premiered, at the Toronto Film Festival and also screened in several countries including one of the last spots on the International tour in Russia. After traveling around the world with the film, the band decided to sleep in their own beds for the U.S. premiere, by having the film screen in San Francisco in front of fans, friends and family at the AMC Metreon.
U.S. Premiere of Metallica: Through the Never | Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett | Photo Credit: Jonathan Scott Shensa
U.S. Premiere of Metallica: Through the Never | James Hetfield Photo Credit: Jonathan Scott Shensa
The films director Nimród Antal was the first to hit the Red Carpet followed by the actor who plays the roadie (soon to be seen in “The Amazing Spiderman 2”) Dane DeHaan. While waiting for the band who was running behind, a special guest showed up. Sammy Hagar and wife who skipped the Red Carpet but did take pictures with fans and posed for a few candids for the press.
U.S. Premiere of Metallica: Through the Never | Red Carpet | Photo Credit: Jonathan Scott Shensa
Minutes later Metallica emerged from not the shadows but an escalator. The large crowd of lucky ticket holders erupted. After stoping by to say hi to their fans the band hit the carpet and posed for the press and did some interviews with videographers before heading into the theatre for the screening.
U.S. Premiere of Metallica: Through the Never | Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield and Robert Trujillo Photo Credit: Jonathan Scott Shensa
U.S. Premiere of Metallica: Through the Never | Dane DeHaan (Spiderman 2) Photo Credit: Jonathan Scott Shensa
U.S. Premiere of Metallica: Through the Never | Sammy Hagar | Photo Credit Jonathan Scott Shensa
AMC opened several extra theaters to accommodate all their fans including this fan / journalist. Moments before the movie started the film’s director and the band themselves introduced the film. The majority of the the film is a concert but there also is a story line too. Dane DeHaan’s character, doesn’t speak a word in the film, but still finds a way to give a powerful performance as the Metallica Roadie who is sent on a mission one song into the bands live performance. The film is an action packed adventure into the streets of a city under siege. The film is packed with songs from Metallica’s most recent tour. The film concert performances also pay tribute to Metallica shows from past tours including elements from the “And Justice for All” and “Load” tours. The 3D is amazing and it makes you feel like you are at a Metallica live show. The film is a must see not just for every Metallica fan but every music fan. The cameras capture the entire Metallica experience like none I’ve ever seen before. Fans all over the U.S. can experience it for themselves starting Sept. 27th and opens in additional theaters on Oct. 4, 2013. “Metallica: Through the Never” kicked off the 36th Annual Mill Valley Film Festival on Sept. 17, 2013. MVFF36 runs from Oct. 3-13, 2013. Visit the MVFF website for ticket information and show times.
Cindy Maram is Founder, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Dig In Magazine. She is an accredited film journalist for Cannes Film Festival in the South of France, Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival and CAAMFest, as well as fashion & style blogger for New York Fashion Week, professional sports photographer/writer and art critic. She is a writer, vlogger, designer, digital, online & social media marketer possessing a B.A from UC Davis and a M.A. in Mass Communications + Popular Culture Studies emphasis in Film/Marketing/Writing from Cal State Fullerton.