Official Metallica.com footage of METALLICA‘s pre-show meet-and-greet, tuning-room jam and performance at the July 3 “Big Four” concert at Ullevi stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden can be viewed below.
The “Big Four” bands of 1980s thrash metal — METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER and ANTHRAX — played the second show of their recent European tour in Gothenburg.
The highly anticipated onstage performance of the “Big Four” bands at the same time happened near the end of METALLICA‘s set, between “Enter Sandman” and “Damage Inc.”. Members of ANTHRAX and MEGADETH joined METALLICA on stage for a cover of DIAMOND HEAD‘s “Am I Evil?” before METALLICA ended the night with “Creeping Death”.
METALLICA‘s setlist was as follows:
01. Hit the Lights
02. Master of Puppets
03. The Shortest Straw
04. Seek Destroy
05. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
06. Ride the Lightning
07. The Memory Remains
08. All Nightmare Long
09. Sad But True
10. The Call of Ktulu
12. For Whom the Bell Tolls
14. Fade to Black
15. Enter Sandman
16. Am I Evil? (w/ MEGADETH and ANTHRAX)
17. Damage, Inc.
18. Creeping Death
Although METALLICA is currently completing work on a surprise collaborative album with Lou Reed, the band is also about to start writing songs for its 10th studio effort on its own. Producer Rick Rubin, who worked with the group for the first time on 2008’s “Death Magnetic”, told Billboard that he recently met with drummer Lars Ulrich and will return to San Francisco sometime in the next week or so to sit down with the whole band and “explore what the focus is going to be this time around.”
Rubin offered a hint of how that initial meeting with the band will go: “I’ll ask a lot of questions and we’ll probably listen to some of the riffs they’ve been writing. And usually I’ll hear something that will sort of indicate the direction and then we’ll talk about it from there.”
Rubin did not give a timetable for when he thought METALLICA might begin recording.
The band revealed last month that the “secret recording project” it was working on in May was a collaborative album with Reed, the legendary singer and former VELVET UNDERGROUND frontman.
The project had apparently been in the works since Reed and METALLICA performed together at the 25th anniversary of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame at Madison Square Garden in October of 2009.
METALLICA has not indicated when or how the yet-to-be-titled album will be issued.