When Metallica’s James Hetfield + Robert Trujillo Cameoed In a Beloved Video Game Series

James Hetfield: Nicholastbroussard, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en, Wikimedia Commons / Robert Trujillo: Raph_PH, CC BY 2.0, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en, Wikimedia Commons
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When it comes to Metallica and video games, one may think about the band’s Guitar Hero entry, or perhaps they may think about the Metallica-inspired vehicular combat game that was never released.

However, there’s another video game that involves the Los Angeles, California thrash metal titans, that game being none other than Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD, which features a cameo appearance from Metallica’s James Hetfield and Robert Trujillo.

Released in 2012, Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD is a remake of the original 1999 game, as well as its follow-up Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2. It was at a later time that DLC was released that gave players access to Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3 levels.

Alongside that THPS3 content, Hetfield and Trujillo were included as downloadable characters that folks could play as. The “Revert” DLC pack (which included Hetfield and Trujillo) came with the song “All Nightmare Long,” a track from the 2008 Metallica studio album Death Magnetic.

We wish more video games included cameos/DLC involving heavy metal artists; it would be cool as hell to see the likes of Cannibal Corpse‘s George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher in a Mortal Kombat, Cradle of Filth‘s Dani Filth in some kind of horror game, or Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson in a flying simulator.

Below you will find video footage that features James Hetfield and Robert Trujillo in Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD.

In other Metallica-related news, Hetfield recently took part in an unboxing video showing off his new coffee table book Messengers: The Guitars of James Hetfield.

Upcoming Metallica tour dates in 2024:

  • August 2nd and 4th – Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium
    August 9th and 11th – Chicago, IL – Solider Field
    August 16th and 18th – Minneapolis, MN – US Bank Stadium
    August 23rd and 25th – Edmonton, Canada – Commonwealth Stadium
    August 30th and September 1st – Seattle, WA – Lumen Field

Metallica members James Hetfield and Robert Trujillo in Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD