Robert Trujillo & Metallica to Play First Concert of the Year for Encore Drive-In Nights Series

Robert Trujillo is going live…

The 55-year-old half-Mexican American bassist and his Metallica band mates are set to play their first live show in nearly a year on Sunday, August 29, when they become the first rock band to be featured in the Encore Drive-In Nights series. 

Robert Trujillo & Metallica

Hitting the stage for the first time since their September 2019 S&M2 concerts at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Trujillo and the gang will play a full set that’ll be beamed into hundreds of drive-in and outdoor theaters across the U.S. and Canada, according to a release announcing the gig.

The show – featuring opening act Three Days Grace – will be shot for the series at an undisclosed location near the group’s Northern California headquarters and edited and mixed by Metallica’s production team, with a promise of a career-spanning set. 

The concert is part of Encore Live‘s series of gigs at drive-in theaters and it will adhere to CDC guidelines, including staff in PPE enforcing a six-foot distance between cars, as well as employment of contactless payment and ticketing and limited restroom capacity.

Each ticket ($115) purchased will admit a carload of fans – up to six people per vehicle – with tickets going on sale on Friday, August 14 at noon local venue time.

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Every ticket will include a digital download of Metallica’s S&M2 album; pre-sale tickets for the band’s Fifth Member fan club will go on sale on Wednesday, August 12 here.

Top Rank Eyes October 3 Fight Date for Teofimo Lopez Jr. vs. Vasiliy Lomachenko

The biggest fight of Teofimo Lopez Jr.’s career could be happening soon…

The lightweight unification title fight between the 22-year-old Honduran-American professional boxer, who has held the IBF lightweight title since 2019 and Vasiliy Lomachenko might now take place on October 3 in Las Vegas, Top Rank president Todd duBoef confirmed to ESPN.

Teofimo Lopez

Recently, Top Rank chairman Bob Arum suggested September 19 as a potential date for the fight, after a spring date was moved because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

DuBoef said “it’s still too early to determine everything” regarding the bout and that he is uncertain as to whether it will be closed to the public.

“I’m not sure that fight happens with fans,” duBoef told ESPN.

Top Rank, which promotes Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KOs) and Lopez (15-0, 12 KOs), has held several cards inside an enclosed area at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. DuBoef said the fight could be a potential pay-per-view bout at the MGM.

Arum told Boxingscene.com he is hopeful to have perhaps 2,000 to 2,500 people in attendance. But those plans could be altered as the pandemic worsens around the United States.

Like many other states, Nevada is experiencing a spike in COVID-19 cases. According to the most recent numbers posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state has seen an increase of 5,889 cases over the past seven days, which is nearly a quarter of the state’s total cases since the pandemic started.

The October 3 date was originally reserved for the third bout between heavyweights Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, duBoef told ESPN. That was pushed to December 19, leaving a potential PPV slot available.

Lomachenko is ESPN’s top pound-for-pound fighter, while Lopez won the IBF’s lightweight belt in December, when he stopped Richard Commey in the second round for his first major professional championship.

María Elena Salinas to Give Keynote Address During NAHJ’s Virtual Graduation Celebration

María Elena Salinas is hoping to inspire this year’s graduates…

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) will host a virtual graduation celebration on June 6 to commemorate the organization’s graduating college seniors, and the 65-year-old broadcast journalist, news anchor and author will give the keynote address.

Maria Elena Salinas

Following social distancing recommendations dictated by the CDC, graduations across the country to date have been altered, canceled, postponed or held virtually.

The nation’s largest association for Hispanic journalists will honor NAHJ member college graduates on Saturday, June 6 at 1:00 pm ET.  

Multiple commencement addresses will be given by industry leaders in the field to share advice and words of inspiration to the Class of 2020.

In addition to Salinas, who is considered the “Voice of Hispanic America,” students will also hear from Maria HinojosaJosé Díaz-BalartFin GómezRobert HernandezObed Manuel-EstradaJoy Diaz and more. 

“Our mission is to help the professional advancement of Hispanics in the news industry,” said Alberto B. Mendoza, NAHJ Executive Director. “We focus heavily on our students and are committed to being there from the beginning of their careers. 


Young journalists play an essential role in the field. On June 6, NAHJ invites all community members to join and watch this memorable event.