Celebrating their 30th anniversary as a band, Metallica recently played a residency of four concerts at San Francisco’s legendary venue The Fillmore, on December 5, 7, 9, and 10, exclusively for members of their fan club. Not unlike Pearl Jam’s celebration of their 20th anniversary, Metallica’s gigs featured absurd setlist variation, rarely-performed tracks, several guest artists, and even new songs. Below, you will find a recap of the main events that went down during the four nights – culminating with an appearance by Ozzy Osbourne, and the group’s first-ever reunion with Dave Mustaine.
Firstly, the new tracks. Metallica decided to resurrect four songs that were left on the cutting room floor from their 2008 album Death Magnetic, and perform one at each of their Fillmore concerts. Simultaneously, they sent out mp3s of the four songs’ studio versions to fan club members, under the name Beyond Magnetic – an EP of sorts. We’d already shown you the first, Hate Train, so here are the following three (with links to their studio counterparts)
Just a Bullet Away (studio):
Hell And Back (studio):
Rebel of Babylon (studio):
As for the special guests that appeared onstage, they are far too numerous to have videos of each posted here, but we’ve selected a few highlights for you. Former bassist Jason Newsted joined the band for several songs on the first gig, then returned on the three subsequent ones. The second night saw an onstage reunion of Mercyful Fate, King Diamond’s old band, performing a 10-minute medley with Metallica. (Lou Reed and Marianne Faithfull were also there).
Tuesday’s Gone (featuring Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell, Down’s Pepper Keenan, Faith No More’s Jim Martin, and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s own Gary Rossington. Oh, and a horn section):
(For good measure, have a look at this great rendition of For Whom The Bell Tolls also featuring Jerry Cantrell)
But the main event in terms of special guests took place on the final night of the residency. With Black Sabbath’s reunion looming on the horizon, bassist Geezer Butler first went onstage and performed a cover of Sabbath’s Sabbra Cadabra with Metallica. Later, singer Ozzy Osbourne also joined the group, and they launched into Iron Man and Paranoid:
Iron Man / Paranoid (featuring Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler):
And finally, Metallica was reunited with Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine – their famously-fired original lead guitarist. Although he had already performed with his former group at the Big 4 concerts, where every band on the bill played a cover song together, last night’s occasion was a bit different: Mustaine actually performed five songs from Kill ‘Em All, the album he co-wrote with Metallica prior to being fired.
Phantom Lord (featuring Dave Mustaine):
Another surprise came during the fourth Kill ‘Em All song, as Mustaine and Metallica were joined by original, pre-Cliff Burton bassist Ron McGovney, and guitarist Lloyd Grant, who was credited for one guitar solo on the band’s first recording of Hit The Lights – which they performed. As much of an “original line-up reunion” as there could ever be. It’s nice to see that Metallica and Dave Mustaine have apparently come to terms with each other – ironically, just after Megadeth’s latest album Thirteen sold over twice as much as Lulu.
The 4-song Beyond Magnetic EP might see a commercial release soon, and it’ll probably outsell Lulu as well. Next year, Metallica will tour playing their Black Album in its entirety.