This past weekend, Metallica performed the last two nights of their intimate 30th Anniversary shows at the Filmore in San Francisco. And like the first and second nights, the last two shows were jam packed with lots of surprise guests. So many, in fact, that we’re going to have to break down a few of the main highlights from both nights (December 9 and 10):
– Though the news leaked earlier in the day, it’s nonetheless a huge deal that Dave Mustaine joined Metallica onstage for not one, but FIVE songs from the Kill Em’ All era during the last night (December 10). As if that wasn’t gigantic enough (considering the beef Mustaine has held against Metallica since getting ousted from the band pre-Kill Em’ All), Metallica and Mustaine performed “Hit The Lights” with original bassist Ron McGovney and guitarist Lloyd Grant (who was featured on the original recording of the song).
– Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler’s appearance on the final night also had been leaked earlier in the day, but the fact that half of Black Sabbath played with Metallica is pretty noteworthy, wouldn’t you say? The two joined Metallica for renditions of “Iron Man” and “Paranoid,” while Geezer performed “Sabbra Cadabra” and “A National Acrobat” with the band before Ozzy joined in on the fun. The last time Ozzy performed with Metallica onstage was at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’s anniversary show.
– During the third night (December 9), Metallica was joined by Glenn Danzig to perform a few Misfits classics. This isn’t the first time Danzig has joined Metallica onstage, and the band has been very vocal about the Misfits’ influence. However, it’s still rather surprising to see Danzig play “Die Die My Darling” with the band since he’s said previously onstage that Metallica “butchered” the song.
-While the first night saw Metallica play with members of NWOBHM legends Saxon and Diamond head, the third night saw the Metal God himself, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, join the band for a rendition of “Rapid Fire.”
– It not necessarily shocking to learn that producer Bob Rock joined the band onstage during the final night. It was, though, odd that Metallica chose to play songs from St. Anger (an album that most dislike, but that Rock produced and played bass on). Maybe Metallica wanted to remind fans that Lulu isn’t the only globally panned album they’ve made?
– During their cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Tuesday’s Gone” on the third night, Metallica was joined by Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington, Corrosion Of Confirmity/ Down guitarist Pepper Keenan, Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell, and ex-Faith No More guitarist Jim Martin. All four musicians, as you may recall, appeared on the recording of the cover that Metallica recorded for Garage Inc. Cantrell also joined the band onstage to perform “For Whom The Bell Tolls” and “Nothing Else Matters”.
– Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted was the only special guest to make an appearance on all four nights.
– In addition to the special guests, Metallica also continue the traditions of performing previously unreleased songs recorded during the Death Magnetic sessions. The song “Hell And Back” was performed on the third show (December 9), while “Rebel Of Babylon” was performed on the last night (December 10). And like the first two songs, rough mixes of the tracks were emailed to fan club members following the shows.
You can check out footage of Metallica performing “Phantom Lord” and “Jump In The Fire” with Mustaineon the last night above. More video clips from the two final shows, as well as the set lists and two previously unreleased songs, can be seen after the jump.
Set list from December 9, the third show:
1. 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 (previously unreleased song from Death Magnetic sessions)
10. Blitzkrieg (Blitzkrieg Cover with fan-club members Joseph Guariglia)
11. For Whom The Bell Tolls (with 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 ith 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)
Set list from December 10, the fourth and final show:
2. Through the Never
3. Ride the Lightning
4. The God That Failed
5. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
6. Rebel Of Babylon (previously unreleased song from Death Magnetic sessions)
7. Blackened (with fan-club members Dennis, Annette Diaz)
8. Dirty Window (with Bob Rock)
9. Frantic (with Bob Rock)
10. Sabbra Cadabra (Black Sabbath cover with Geezer Butler)
11. Iron Man (Black Sabbath cover with Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler)
12. Paranoid (Black Sabbath cover with Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler)
13. King Nothing (with Jason Newsted)
14. Whiplash (with Jason Newsted)
15. Motorbreath (with Hugh Tanner)
16. Phantom Lord (with Dave Mustaine)
17. Jump In The Fire (with Dave Mustaine)
18. Metal Militia (with Dave Mustaine)
19. Hit The Lights (with Lloyd Grant, Dave Mustaine, Ron McGovney)
20. Seek & Destroy (with Jason Newsted, Dave Mustaine, Lloyd Grant, Ron McGovney, Hugh Tanner, Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), and The Soul Rebels)
“Hell And Back”:
“Rebel Of Babylon”: