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Metallica surprised Bay Area fans yesterday (September 16) when they played a very intimate club show in downtown San Francisco.

In a since-deleted social media post (as transcribed by Blabbermouth), the band shared, “Hey! Gonna let you in on a little secret .. We’re playing tonight at The Independent in downtown SF. Grab a $20 bill and get your ass to the box office right now! Proof of vaxx is required to get a wristband and it’s gonna sell out fast. One ticket per person, cash only!”

Per Setlist.fm, Metallica played a tight 16-song set and opened with “Whiplash,” which the website notes is the first time ever the band opened with the Kill ‘Em All favorite. (The full setlist is below.)

As expected when an iconic band like Metallica plays a 500-person capacity club, fan-shot video has surfaced. Here are a couple of notable, quality clips.

Metallica – 9/16/2021 – The Independent, San Francisco, Calif. – Setlist

Whiplash
Ride The Lightning
The Memory Remains
Now That We’re Dead
Holier Than Thou
No Leaf Clover
Sad But True
Moth Into Flame
Fade To Black
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Creeping Death
One
Master Of Puppets

Encore
Battery
Fuel
Seek & Destroy

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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.