Metallica performed a half-acoustic, half-electric benefit livestream show on Saturday, November 14.
The band held the online show to raise money for their charity All Within My Hands. The foundation is “dedicated to creating sustainable communities” through workforce education, fighting hunger and providing other “critical local services”.
Recorded in San Rafael, California, Metallica played an eight-song acoustic set and a six-song electric one. As well as covers of Deep Purple, Bob Seger and “The House Of The Rising Sun”, the acoustic part of the show included acoustic versions of “Blackened” and “Now That We’re Dead”. You can check out the footage from the benefit livestream below.
“We’re super grateful to be a part of this and glad you’re here to witness it and be part of it as well,” frontman James Hetfield said during the show, Stereogum reported. “All your help is very much appreciated. And the fact that we get to play is a big bonus, right? We get to play, we get to employ some people here, we get to help out – it’s a win-win-win everywhere.”
Speaking in the band’s So What! fanzine, Lars Ulrich said “The band is in a very healthy place, and obviously COVID has played a major role in all of it. It’s been a mindf_k of a year; I’m sitting here on October 16th, I feel confident and excited about the state of the Metallica nation, and I feel very optimistic about what’s ahead.”
The setlist for the benefit livestream was as follows:
“When A Blind Man Cries” (Deep Purple cover)
“Now That We’re Dead”
“Turn The Page” (Bob Seger cover)
“Nothing Else Matters”
“All Within My Hands”
“House Of The Rising Sun” (The Animals cover)
“Wasting My Hate”
“For Whom The Bell Tolls”
“Master Of Puppets”
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