Man, Metallica have really been using quarantine to give back. Earlier this year, the band revealed that they were giving $250k to California wildfire relief after they already donated $350k to coronavirus relief. Now, the Four Horsemen have announced another event to benefit those in need: an acoustic livestream show.
Today, Metallica announced that they’ll be performing their ‘Helping Hands Concert & Auction’ online. The show, an unplugged set by the band performed at their headquarters, will be livestreamed on November 14th, 2020 at 2pm PDT/5pm EDT. All proceeds will go to Metallica’s charitable organization, the All Within My Hands Foundation. Tickets go for $15 and are available via Nugs.tv.
Those interested in donating to All Within My Hands can learn more at their website.
Metallica formed All Within My Hands in 2017, with the mission of “creating sustainable communities by supporting workforce education, the fight against hunger, and other critical local services.” As COVID-19 wreaked havoc across the world, the band stepped up to do their part in helping many of those who have been greatly impacted by the pandemic’s devastating economic impact.
“We know this is the hardest of times for many of you, but if you would like to support any of these organizations, please feel free to reach out directly to our incredibly dedicated partners, as their needs are very wide-ranging,” Metallica said in a statement announcing their donations to coronavirus relief around the world. “Every dollar helps.”
The first grant Metallica gave to coronavirus relief — of $100,000 — was given to Feeding America, an organization that is working with local food banks, but has been struggling due to a lack of donations, volunteers and food distribution amid the crisis. The second $100,000 donation went to Direct Relief, which is providing personal protective equipment to healthcare workers across 22 countries. Another grant of $100,000 was donated to Crew Nation, an initiative launched by Live Nation to help support touring and venue crews who are without work since social-distancing restriction shut down the concert industry. Live Nation committed $10 million to the Crew Nation initiative, with an initial $5m granted to the fund, plus a promise to match the next $5m donated by artists, fans and employees.
Metallica’s fourth and final donation was for $50,000 and it went to the USBG National Charity Foundation, which is helping staff within the hospitality industry who have found themselves unemployed after bars, restaurants, coffee shops and other such businesses were forced to close due to the lockdown. In addition, Metallica’s recently launched “Metallica Mondays” concert series — which features weekly livestreams of classic concerts — and fans have been donating money to All Within My Hands during the broadcasts. According to the band, $15,000 has been raised so far.
Words by Chris Krovatin