The San Francisco Giants held their eighth annual “Metallica Night” on Tuesday, May 24 at Oracle Park in San Francisco, which saw METALLICA guitarists Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield play a metal version of the U.S. national anthem.
METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo was also on hand to deliver the “Play Ball!” announcement. You can check out footage of the national anthem performance just below this article.
When the eighth annual “Metallica Night” was initially announced back in February, METALLICA said in a statement: “It’s a tradition that we’ve missed the last two seasons, so we’re really excited for the return of Metallica Night at Oracle Park with our hometown baseball team, the San Francisco Giants. This year marks the eighth time we’ll take the field for the National Anthem, first pitch, and a few other pre-game shenanigans.”
James Hetfield previously said about the yearly “Metallica Night” event: “We’re blessed to be doing this every year and being a part of the vibe here. You know, when times are good, when times are bad, they need the support.”
Kirk Hammett added: “It’s great. It’s a lot of fun. It’s a good opportunity for us to interact with our home team, hometown, and interact with the people of the Bay Area in San Francisco. And for me, it’s a lot of fun to be able to play the national anthem.”
METALLICA, who certainly don’t shy away from sporting events, have also performed before Golden State Warriors basketball games and San Jose Sharks hockey games.