“While we’re all doing our part and staying home, we find ourselves missing live music,” Metallica said in a joint statement when announcing their ongoing “Metallica Mondays” concert series, “so how about we dive back into a few of our favorite shows at a socially responsible distance?” True to their words, the band has since unearthed epic, pro-shot footage of five full shows and broadcasted them on the group’s YouTube channel and Facebook page, providing a great way for homebound fans to pass two-and-a-half hours or so during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The series kicked off with Metallica’s 2019 show at Slane Castle in Ireland, followed by their set at Paris’ AccorHotels Arena on September 8th, 2017. Next up were the thrash OGs’ performance at at Forum København in Copenhagen, Denmark, on July 22nd, 2009, during their World Magnetic Tour, and then their take-no-prisoners set at San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival in the summer of 2017. The fifth and latest offering, premiered last night (April 20th), is the group’s May 31st concert in Munich, Germany.
Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo introduced the broadcast, saying, “This show is incredible because we played ‘Metal Militia,’ which is a rarity. We played ‘King Nothing,’ which is a very cool song that we don’t play very often, and ‘Disposable Heroes,’ which is my favorite Metallica song ever. We played ‘Lords of Summer’ for the first time and, get this, we played ‘The Frayed Ends of Sanity’ in its entirety, which is very cool. The setlist is incredible — it’s one of the best set lists ever. This night was just filled with surprises. You’ve got to watch this show just to watch Lars Ulrich with his mouth open because that’s always a treat!” Watch the pro-shot video and check out the full set list below.
In addition to “Metallica Mondays,” the metal heroes have also responded to the coronavirus crisis via their nonprofit organization, All Within My Hands, donating “four grants totaling $350,000 to organizations dedicated to assisting those hit hard by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.”
Metallica setlist, Olympiastadion, Munich, Germany, May 31st, 2015:
For Whom the Bell Tolls
The Unforgiven II
Lords of Summer
Sad but True
The Frayed Ends of Sanity
Master of Puppets
Fight Fire With Fire
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
Seek & Destroy
Nothing Else Matters