Metallica celebrated thirty years of metal domination in the first week of December with a four-date residency at San Francisco's legendary Fillmore auditorium, turning out an unbelievable set of performances exclusively for members of their fan club.
In short, the guys sure as hell know how to put solid distance between themselves and their ill-conceived and even more poorly received Lou Reed collaboration album Lulu.
With an astounding array of guests, rarities and even new tracks, the band pulled out all the stops while bringing such names as Ozzy Osbourne, former bassist Jason Newstead and Dave Mustaine onstage to perform. Even pre-Cliff Burton bassist Ron McGovney and guitarist Lloyd Grant appeared, something few hardcore Metallica fans ever thought they'd witness.
Additionally, a few unreleased tracks have been unearthed from Metallica's 2008 album Death Magnetic for performance, which the band unveiled one by one at each of their Fillmore concerts. Simultaneously, they sent out mp3s of the four songs' studio versions to fan club members, under the name Beyond Magnetic.
Hell And Back:
Rebel of Babylon:
Night two gave fans a chance to witness an onstage reunion of Mercyful Fate, King Diamond's old band, performing a 10-minute medley with Metallica. Lou Reed was on hand as well, but the artists wisely chose to leave Lulu performances out of this.
Glenn Danzig appeared for the third night to perform three Misfits covers, while Rob Halford sang Judas Priest's "Rapid Fire". Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell also appeared for a ripping take on "For Whom The Bell Tolls".
Iron Man / Paranoid (featuring Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler):
Look for the Beyond Magnetic EP to drop soon, and be sure to stay on top of Metallica's plans to play the Black Album in its entirety in concert next year.