Metallica to perform US national anthem before NBA Finals game

Band currently working on a follow-up to the 2008 LP 'Death Magnetic'

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Metallica's James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett will play the US national anthem before game 5 of the NBA Finals in Oakland, California tomorrow night (June 14).

Billboard reports that the pair will take to the floor for the traditional pre-game performance before the Cleveland Cavaliers square off against the Golden State Warriors. The series is currently tied at two games apiece.

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The veteran metal group just last month gave a rendition of the national anthem at the San Francisco Giants baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at AT&T Park. Drummer Lars Ulrich also threw the ceremonial first pitch at the event.

Metallica are currently working on a follow-up to their 2008 album 'Death Magnetic'. Speaking in April, guitarist Hammett claimed the LP was about 25 percent complete: "The songs are ever-changing at this point," he told Billboard. "Nothing is etched in stone. We still have a lot of material have to sift through, still. We have well over a dozen songs and we still have well over two or three hundred riffs, too, so it's hard to say at what point we actually are in in the project. I don't think we hit the middle point yet. I would say we're at the 25 percent point, maybe 30 percent point. It's hard to say, but I mean we are working on it and there are songs and we're making plans to write more songs and record."

The band are due to headline this year's Reading and Leeds festival alongside The Libertines and Mumford and Sons. It'll be their first time performing at the event since topping the bill in 2008.

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