Rob Halford (JUDAS PRIEST), Glenn Danzig (DANZIG, MISFITS, SAMHAIN), Jerry Cantrell (ALICE IN CHAINS), Pepper Keenan (DOWN, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY), Gary Rossington (LYNYRD SKYNYRD), Nick “Animal” Culmer (ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE) and former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted joined METALLICA on stage last night (Friday, December 9) for the third of four intimate shows at the Fillmore in San Francisco as part of the week-long celebration of its 30th anniversary as a band for fan club members only.
After opening sets from THE SOUL REBELS brass band and LÄÄZ ROCKIT, as well as an appearance by former FAITH NO MORE guitarist Jim Martin — who took to the stage with METALLICA frontman James Hetfield to honor late METALLICA bassist Cliff Burton — METALLICA rocked the capacity crowd with a 21-song set which featured selections from all periods of the band’s career, including a previously unreleased track from the “Death Magnetic” sessions called “Hell And Back”.
The band’s setlist was as follows:
01. Suicide Redemption
02. Master Of Puppets
03. …And Justice For All
04. Of Wolf Man
05. Fade To Black
06. The Thing That Should Not Be
07. I Disappear
08. The Outlaw Torn
09. Hell And Back
10. Blitzkrieg (BLITZKRIEG cover) (w/ fan-club members Joseph Guariglia)
11. For Whom The Bell Tolls (w/ Jerry Cantrell)
12. Nothing Else Matters (with Jerry Cantrell)
13. So What?! (ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE cover) (with Animal)
14. Tuesday’s Gone (LYNYRD SKYNYRD cover) (with Gary Rossington, Pepper Keenan, Jerry Cantrell, and Jim Martin)
15. Fuel (with Jason Newsted)
16. Fight Fire With Fire (with Jason Newsted)
17. Die, Die My Darling (MISFITS cover) (with Glenn Danzig)
18. Last Caress (MISFITS cover) (with Glenn Danzig)
19. Green Hell (MISFITS cover) (with Glenn Danzig)
20. Rapid Fire (JUDAS PRIEST cover) (with Rob Halford)
21. Seek Destroy (with Jason Newsted, Jerry Cantrell, Pepper Keenan, Jim Martin, Glenn Danzig, Animal, LAAZ ROCKIT, and THE SOUL REBELS brass band)
METALLICA frontman James Hetfield told The Pulse Of Radio he had a wishlist of people he hopes can make it for the remaining gigs. “Well, Lemmy [Kilmister, MOTÖRHEAD mainman] for sure. Ozzy. And then, you know, there’s lots of other people along that way. Tony Iommi [guitarist, BLACK SABBATH], I mean, all the bands that we’ve admired over time, some of the bands that maybe have supported us, you know… There’s so much, so many great moments that could be had.”
The last show will take place on Saturday (December 10), with special guests and events, rare songs, varied setlists and more.
The band has booked several European shows next summer, including one at a venue in Denmark that used to be a prison, at which it will perform its self-titled 1991 effort, a.k.a. “the black album,” in its entirety.
METALLICA was formed when Ulrich, who had moved to Los Angeles from Denmark, placed an ad in a local paper called The Recycler looking for other musicians to play with. The ad was answered by guitarists James Hetfield and Hugh Tanner of the band LEATHER CHARM.
METALLICA officially formed in October 1981 and the band’s first recording was “Hit The Lights” for the compilation “Metal Massacre”.
Bay Area DJ Ron Quintana came up with the group’s name: he was debating between using “Metallica” and “Metal Mania” for the name of his radio show and Ulrich encouraged him to use “Metal Mania” so that he could use “Metallica” for his new band.
METALLICA‘s first full lineup — featuring Hetfield, Ulrich, guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist Ron McGovney — played its first gig on March 14, 1982 at Radio City in Anaheim, California.