Metallica have shared the latest installment in the ‘Metallica Mondays’ series and this time the band have dusted off an old VHS tape from Salt Lake City to showcase their chosen performance.
The band have revealed the recording of their 2 January 1997, set from the Delta Center in Salt Lake City was unearthed from their vaults. The film showcases their ‘The Poor Touring Me Tour’ which saw the group play in support of their sixth studio album Load, featuring bassist Jason Newsted. You can check it out below.
The band said in a statement, “While we’re all doing our part and staying home, we find ourselves missing live music, so how about we dive back into a few of our favourite shows at a socially responsible distance?”
In March, Metallica announced that their South American tour, which was originally planned for April, has been postponed until December. In addition, the band’s appearances at four Danny Wimmer Presents-produced festivals in May and September have been cancelled: Epicenter in Charlotte, Welcome To Rockville in Daytona, Sonic Temple in Columbus and Louder Than Life in Louisville.
Guitarist Kirk Hammett told The Pulse Of Radio in a recent interview that Metallica have to be in better than average shape to play its music live. “There’s a physicality to our music that we cannot ignore, so we just kind of have to keep ourselves in a certain sort of physical sort of state where that we can’t let ourselves get to a point where we can’t play these songs,” he said. “That’s just not allowed. When we write this music, we have to make sure that we can play it and play it when we need to play it.”
Each concert in the ‘Metallica Mondays’ series is broadcast on the band’s official YouTube channel and Facebook at 8pm ET (1am GMT) with the opportunity for fans to donate cash live to Metallica’s All Within My Hands foundation during the stream.