Metallica is scheduled to present a video performance for a drive-in concert Aug. 29 at the Alerus Center.

Tickets for the group’s fan club went on sale Wednesday, Aug. 12, at General sales begin Friday, Aug. 14.

Each ticket purchase, which admits one carload of up to six people, will include four digital downloads of Metallica’s S&M2, the long-awaited album documenting the two historic concerts that reunited the band and San Francisco Symphony for the first time in 20 years, event promoters said in a news release.

The Aug. 29 show, projected on a 28-by-16-foot screen, will begin at 8 p.m. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.

The concert, which will feature a special guest performance by Three Days Grace, is the band’s first show since the September 2019 concerts with the San Francisco Orchestra that opened the Chase Center in San Francisco.

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It is part of the Encore Drive-In Nights Series, which is presented by the event production company Encore Live. The concert will be presented simultaneously at hundreds of drive-in and outdoor theaters across the United States and Canada, promoters said.

The show will be shot specially for the Encore Drive-In Nights Series at a location near the band’s Northern California headquarters and will be edited and mixed by the band’s production team.

The performance will feature material from throughout Metallica’s nearly four-decade career and provide fans with an intimate, unique and memorable concert experience, promoters said.

“Alerus Center is excited to welcome back the award-winning Metallica to Grand Forks in a whole new format,” said Anna Rosburg, Alerus Center's general manager, in a news release. “We think fans will really enjoy the outdoor, drive-in experience in our parking lot.”

The Alerus Center will adhere to the CDC recommended public health guidelines as well as all state and local health mandates. Staff members will wear personal protective equipment and enforce at least six feet of space between cars.

Guidelines around concession stands will be enforced to abide by state regulations.

The series will use contactless payment and ticketing systems.

Formed in 1981, Metallica has become one of the most influential rock bands in history, having sold nearly 120 million albums worldwide and generating more than 2.5 billion streams.

The band, which has performed on seven continents, has produced several multiplatinum albums.

For more information about the Encore Drive-In Nights series, go to