Metallica to Play The Late Show Super Bowl Special This Sunday

Can you believe it’s already Super Bowl Sunday 2021? It seems like only yesterday, we were all being told by our bosses not to come in on Monday and wondering if this Chinese flu was really as bad as it seemed. But even though the past year has flown by, and the NFL is the least of a lot of Americans’ worries, at least there’s always Metallica. The band have just announced that they’ll be performing on The Late Show this Sunday, right after the big game.

The Four Horsemen wrote via their Twitter, “We’re celebrating the #SuperBowl with our friend @stephenathome on Sunday! Tune in to @colbertlateshow’s “A Late Show: Super Bowl Edition” at 11:35pm EST on CBS to catch our performance. #LSSC #LateShow”

Even under quarantine, this has been a big year for Metallica. The band hosted their first ever pay-per-view livestream event, which has raised over $1.3 million for charity thus far. That money went to partners of the band’s own All Within My Hands foundation, specifically Feeding America and the American Association Of Community Colleges, not to mention supporting COVID-19 and disaster relief efforts in the upcoming months.

Meanwhile, the band are also currently working on a new album. In an interview from late November, drummer Lars Ulrich explained that Metallica had almost a month’s worth of material under their belts.

“We’re three, four weeks into some pretty serious writing,” explained the drummer. “And of all the shit – pandemics, fires, politics, race problems, and just fucking looking at the state of the world – it’s so easy just to so fall into a depressive state.

“But writing always makes me feel enthusiastic about what’s next. It’s like, ‘Fuck, there’s an opportunity here to still make the best record, to still make a difference. To still do something that not even turns other people on, but turns me on.’”

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Words by Chris Krovatin