Metallica honour Ozzy Osbourne with rare acoustic set and Beatles cover

Slash joined Ozzy Osbourne on stage to play 'Paranoid' at the charity benefit

Metallica played a rare, acoustic set in Los Angeles earlier this week in tribute to Ozzy Osbourne at a charity gig for the MusiCares MAP Fund, which helps musicians recover from addiction.

The four-song show at Club Nokia began with the band’s frontman James Hetfield playing ‘Stairway To Heaven’ followed by Rare Earth’s 1971 hit ‘I Just Want to Celebrate’, Rolling Stone reports. The band’s set also included Deep’s ‘When a Blind Man Cries’ and a rendition of The Beatles’ ‘In My Life’. They closed the set with a reading of Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘Diary Of A Madman’.

“Music does care,” Hetfield told the crowd of donors and fans. “It saves my life daily. I’m grateful to music.”

The band also honoured Ozzy Osbourne, who was presented with an award for sobriety at the event. “Was I really so bad all these years that they’re giving me an award for being sober?” he said.

The benefit gig began with a set by Beth Hart, who was joined on drums by Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith. Osbourne then performed, joined by Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction. He was also joined by Slash for a rendition of Black Sabbath’s ‘Paranoid’.

“I don’t know if we’d be doing what we do if there wasn’t an Ozzy and a Black Sabbath,” Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo said on the red carpet earlier in the evening. “[We] grew up playing those songs and the first time I picked up the bass and started getting into it, I was playing ‘Iron Man’ or ‘Sweet Leaf.’ He’s our brother and this organisation has really helped save his life and keep him with us and more powerful than ever.”