I was driving by the Southington Drive-In on Rt. 322 (955 Meriden-Waterbury Tpke) last month, and I noticed that they had "Blake Shelton, with special guests Gwen Stefani and Trace Adkins - July 25, 2020" on the marquee.

Hmmm, I thought for a moment, how the hell could they, number 1, put on a concert during the pandemic, and number 2, afford to book three national country acts at a Southington Drive-In? I figured it out pretty quickly, it was a televised concert, just being blasted on the massive Southington Drive-in screen. The first attempt by musicians to safely put on a live performance for the public.

Well, good news. If Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani aren't exactly your type of music choices, other bands are starting to come around to the pay-per-view at the drive-in theater model.

It was just announced that Metallica is the next artist announced in a series of live streamed shows by promoter Encore Drive-In Nights. They will perform a one-time concert on Saturday August 29, 2020, with Three Days Grace announced as the opener.

Southington Drive-In is the only theater in Connecticut that will have this show. The ticket price has been announced, it's $115 for a carload (up to 6 people), and the ticket will include 4 digital downloads of Metallica's S&M2, the documentary about Metallica's two concerts with the San Francisco Symphony.

Tickets for the event go on sale Wednesday August 12, 2020 for members of Metallica's fan club, and to the general public this Friday, August 14, 2020, at noon. For more info and to purchase tickets, click here.

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