Metallica share intimate performance from 2016

Breaking the streak of huge stadium performances.

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It’s a slightly uncanny experience watching metal titans Metallica perform in anything other than a huge stadium, but nevertheless, the band shared their latest Metallica Monday – a performance from 2016, which took place in the (relatively) tiny House of Vans, an old underground station in the heart of London. Take a look below:

Bassist Robert Trujillo introduced the show, this time recounting the band’s trepidation at playing the old-school small venue: “I remember Hetfield being bummed at soundcheck, because it was a bit boomy down there. But once the crowd came in it really helped settle the sound. It was much less boomy and had a lot of soul, and attack, and vibe – that show was all vibe. It’s an incredible show to see, and it really kicked off the Hardwired… tour; it kinda set us off, it was the launchpad for what we were about to experience over the next three years with the Hardwired… record.”

The small venue is in stark contrast to Metallica’s other editions of Metallica Mondays, such as their first edition, a huge outdoor show from Co. Meath, Ireland.

Metallica also recently announced a ‘Month of Giving’, an initiative to highlight the work of various charity organisations in these (to understate it somewhat) strange times. This week, the focus is on Feeding America, which supports a network of food banks across the US. The band shared in a statement that they learnt of the “stark numbers” regarding Feeding America’s growing operating costs amid the COVID-19 pandemic, reporting that the organisation would require “an estimated $1.4billion over the next six months to provide food to people facing hunger and to sustain and quickly evolve operations amidst the COVID-19 crisis.”

A new charity will be highlighted by the initiative each Tuesday, over on Metallica’s All Within My Hands website.

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