Metallica perform stripped-down version of Blackened

All four members performed their parts from their own homes.

Photo: Steve Jennings / Wire Image

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Last Friday (1 May), Metallica shared a stripped-down performance of Blackened, a song off the band’s 1988 album …And Justice For All. The performance was led by frontman James Hetfield on acoustic guitar and featured video captured from each of the four members’ individual houses.

Watch the full video look above.

In the video’s description was a short accompanying statement from the band which read: “Here’s a little something we cooked up over the last few days. Hope you’re all safe and sound. Have a great weekend.”

The band – self-isolated, like most of the world due to COVID-19 – have been keeping up with fans through a video series called Metallica Mondays, in which they share full concert videos from their extensive touring repertoire. Last week’s episode featured the band’s concert at Muskegon, Michigan, from their 1991 Black Album Tour.

Last month, Metallica also announced a $350,000 donation for COVID-19 relief efforts, made through their All Within My Hands foundation. On the foundation’s website, they wrote, “In the wake of the spread of the Coronavirus, the most vulnerable people in our communities need help now more than ever. All Within My Hands is reaching out with four grants totalling $350,000 to organisations dedicated to assisting those hit hard by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.”

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