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Metallica perform 1988's 'The Frayed Ends Of Sanity' live for the first time – watch

The group played the track at Sonisphere Festival in Helsinki

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Metallica performed their 1988 track 'The Frayed Ends Of Sanity' live for the first time ever last night (May 28).

The band played the track from the '...And Justice For All' album at Sonisphere Festival in Helsinki. The show was part of the Metallica By Request series of gigs, where the band's setlist for the evening is chosen by fans voting for songs they want to hear from a collection of 130 tracks. Click above to watch crowd-shot footage of the band running through 'The Frayed Ends Of Sanity', which, reports Consequence of Sound, was until last night the only song from the band's nine-album back catalogue that they had never played live in full.

Meanwhile, Metallica's self-titled 1991 LP, known as 'The Black Album', has just become the first album to reach 16 million sales Stateside, since SoundScan started tracking sales data in 1991. Billboard reports that 'The Black Album' and Shania Twain's 'Come On Over' are the only two albums to sell over 15 million in the US since 1991. 'The Black Album' hit the 16 million sales mark in the week finishing May 25, with 3,000 sales bringing its total to 16,002,000.

Mick Jagger recently said that he thinks Metallica are going to be "great" when they headline this year's Glastonbury festival. The Rolling Stones frontman, who with his band headlined the event last year, has backed the decision to book the first metal artists to headline Glastonbury in its 44-year history. "I've seen them live and they're going to be great," Jagger told The Sun, adding that The Rolling Stones had a "great time" headlining the event, which is why they signed up for more festivals this summer.

Metallica's fellow Glastonbury headliners Kasabian have also said that Metallica will impress, commenting that the booking is a "bold" move that will pay off. However, 2013 headliners Arctic Monkeys are not so sure. "I'm not sure it adds up," frontman Alex Turner said recently. "I know we'd buzz off it, but fundamentally could you have Metallica in the hippy nucleus?"

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