HAIR WE GO AGAIN!

The band play first gig since James Hetfield's spell in rehab - and treat fans to new material...

Metallica played a surprise show in a small SAN FRANCISCO club on Tuesday (June 4), their first with frontman JAMES HETFIELD since he checked out of rehab in December.

Arriving unannounced at Club Kimo’s and performing as Spun, Metallica began with Hetfield saying ‘Hi, we’re Bob’s band’, a reference to Bob Rock, their producer who has been playing bass with the band in the studio and who did the same job at the show.

The four-piece opened with four Ramones tracks, according to [url=] metallica.com – ‘Commando’, ‘Today Your Love Tomorrow The World’, ’53rd and 3rd’ and ‘Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue’. The band are still deciding which of the punk legend’s songs to include on the Rob Zombie-helmed Joey Ramone tribute album.

The 11-song set also included one untitled new track, described simply as “heavy, with a nice MetallicaCRUNCH to it.” For the rest, the band worked through old-school Metallica numbers including ‘Leper Messiah’, ‘No Remorse’ and ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’. They closed the show with a cover of The Misfits ‘Die, Die My Darling’.

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