“Metallica Day” Proclaimed in San Francisco… Metallica now has their own “day.” December 16 was designated “Metallica Day” in San Francisco as the city celebrated the band’s 40th anniversary with a special ceremony to commemorate the honor.
Drummer Lars Ulrich and bassist Rob Trujillo were present to accept the honor at the ceremony on Dec. 16 at the Chase Center in San Francisco and shared how significant the city has been in their lives and careers.
In previous years, the band has performed around “Metallica Night,” typically tied to a sporting event in San Francisco, but the “Metallica Day” proclamation is the first city-wide honor they’ve received.
“They’re part of the fabric of the community,” said Mayor London Breed in a speech during the ceremony. “They have touched people’s lives for generations. When you talk about San Francisco, you talk about cable cars and then you talk about Metallica. And on behalf of the City and County of San Francisco, I want to officially declare today ‘Metallica Day.’”
On social media, the band shared a photo of the official proclamation. ”Thank you so much to Mayor London Breed for hosting us this afternoon at Chase Center and for the incredible (sic) honor of this proclamation,” wrote the band. “Contributing to San Francisco in our small way means the world to us.”
Trujillo talked about his love of San Francisco and shared fond memories of attending Golden State Warrior basketball games at the Chase Center when he first joined Metallica in 2003.
Ulrich closed with a lengthier acceptance speech: