Watch Footage of Metallica’s Final Rehearsal Before Their U.S. Tour
The event, called “Now That We’re Live” in honor of “Now That We’re Dead,” the latest single from their current Hardwired … to Self-Destruct LP, was held at the M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, where they played this tour’s first U.S. date last week. While only a handful of fan club members were selected to actually be in attendance, the band opened up viewing to fans around the world via Facebook Live, where they broadcast their four-song set as it happened.
“We are psyched to share some of our rehearsals and final pre-production run-through with our friends around the world,” enthused drummer Lars Ulrich in a press release announcing the stream. “We hope you’ll come hang with us as we fire up the engines for the North American Summer run.”
The whole thing served as a benefit for Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation, which was unveiled earlier this year as a way of raising money for school music programs, food banks and “a cross-section of national, local and Bay Area charities that the individual band members support.” Viewers were encouraged to donate to the initiative while watching; ultimately, the “Now That We’re Live” stream raised more than $3,000 for the cause.
“It’s great to be back here,” Ulrich told Baltimore’s ABC affiliate. “The memory is a little foggy but Hammerjacks 30 years ago. It’s just amazing that people still care. We’re like little kids still just running around going ‘Oh my God.’ Running around with a rock ‘n’ roll band in your early 50s is kind of pretty cool, pretty cool.”
Metallica “Now That We’re Live,” 5/8/17, M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore
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