Metallica perform debut album in surprise set at Orion Music + More Festival – watch

Metal giants surprised fans to play 1983's 'Kill 'Em All' under fake name

Metallica surprised crowds at Detroit’s Orion Music + More Festival yesterday (June 8) by turning up under a fake name to play their 1983 debut in its entirety.

During a slot scheduled for unknown band ‘Dehaan,’ Metallica appeared on the Vans Damage Inc stage to treat fans to ‘Kill ‘Em All’ from start to finish. Initially they were only scheduled to headline on June 9 at the two-day festival at the city’s Belle Island.

Unbeknown to most people in the audience, Dehaan is the last name of Dane DeHaan, the actor who stars in the band’s forthcoming 3D film ‘Through The Never’. The band’s James Hetfield first appeared on stage to introduce Dehaan, before the rest of Metallica – Kirk Hammett, Lard Ulrich and Rob Trujillo – walked out on stage.

The performance comes just a month before the 30th anniversary of the album’s release. Since 1983, ‘Kill ‘Em All’ has sold more than three million copies. The record also features a songwriting credit for original member Dave Mustaine, who left the band prior to the album’s release. He went on to form Megadeth, while Kirk Hammett was drafted in to replace him. The album also features original bassist Cliff Burton, who was killed when the band’s tourbus crashed in 1986.

The festival bill also included Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against, Deftones, Foals and The Joy Formidable

Metallica played:

‘Hit The Lights’
‘The Four Horsemen’
‘Jump In The Fire’
‘(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth’
‘Phantom Lord’
‘No Remorse’
‘Seek And Destroy’
‘Metal Militia’