May 3 was declared Metallica Night at ATT Park in San Francisco, home of baseball’s San Francisco Giants. According to a press release issued by the team, members of METALLICA participated in pre-game festivities which included throwing out the ceremonial first pitch and guitarists James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett performing the National Anthem. The custom Giants-themed guitars that were played by the pair were signed immediately following the National Anthem and auctioned off at the Giants Community Clubhouse, with proceeds being shared by the Giants Community Fund and the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation.
An audio recording of James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett performing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at ATT Park in San Francisco is now available for free download at LiveMetallica.com.
In honor of Metallica Night, San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito came by the band’s headquarters in San Rafael, California to jam with the band.
Following recent live dates in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates, METALLICA performed on May 2 at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles, where the group was also honored as “Golden Gods.”
The band is also gearing up to headline its second annual Orion Music + More festival, scheduled for June 8-9 in Detroit.
Launched in March 2004, LiveMetallica.com initially sold downloads of nothing but full live sets of METALLICA‘s concerts. In September 2009, the band responded to fan demands to purchase single tracks from the live sets. Full shows can still be downloaded for $9.95 and a high-quality FLAC version of the entire set can be purchased for $12.95. Most shows are available with hours after they end. Fans can also visit “The Vault” section of the web site for free downloads of selected shows prior to 2004.