By: Annie Scaramuzzino
Metallica got patriotic over the weekend when they performed a rocking rendition of the National Anthem to open a San Francisco Giants’ game on Friday (May 3).
Band members James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett played the song entirely on custom made Giants’ guitars as a part of the first ever Metallica Night at AT&T Park, during which drummer Lars Ulrich also threw out the game’s first pitch.
Fans were also able to bid on the custom guitars played by Hetfield and Hammett, which were both signed by the entire band. The proceeds from the auction are set to be split between The Giants Community Fund and the Bill Graham Memorial Fund.
The band also gave their condolences to the members of Slayer last week, following the unexpected death of guitarist Jeff Hanneman.
While speaking with Artisan News at the Golden Gods Awards, James Hetfield said of Hanneman, “Well, it’s always difficult when you lose a metal brother, especially one that grew up in your area, grew up in your time zone, same genre, goals in life...same everything. And to see someone go too early always sucks. It’s not the first time for us, but it’s never easy...never easy. And God bless him, and R.I.P. Jeff Hanneman.”
Bassist Robert Trujillo added, “I’ve gotta say Jeff Hanneman was an amazing human being. He was very low profile; he actually chose to lie low and just write some of the greatest riffs ever. So rest in peace, Jeff. We’re gonna miss you tremendously.”
Watch more on that interview here and be sure to check out Metallica’s performance of the National Anthem below!