Crank it up to 11. Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony team up for this morning’s CarTune, “Fuel.”
Fairly early in the game, it became evident that despite their apparent differences, symphonic music is an effective partner to hard rock. Back in 1972, Procol Harum Live In Concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra established the form, and Metallica circled back in 1999 for the live album S&M, recorded with the San Francisco Symphony conducted by Michael Kamen.
Rolling Stone magazine described the wall-to-wall sonics of S&M as “supersizing.” Backed with strings and horns, Metallica’s thundering riffs were infused with even greater bombast, and the album went five times platinum.
This song from the live performance DVD of S&M will be very familiar to NASCAR fans, as “Fire” was the NBC race broadcast theme from 2001 to 2003, where it was known as “Fuel for Fire.” This version opens with Kirk Hammett on slide guitar running up through the gears—always a good time.