Metallica hosted a livestream pay-per-view concert to benefit their All Within My Hands charity foundation last night, Saturday, November 14. The show, dubbed Live & Acoustic From HQ: Helping Hands Concert & Auction, featured both unplugged and electric sets and was streamed live from the band’s headquarters in San Rafael, CA. Video feeds from fans’ homes were projected onto the walls of the performance space during the broadcast, introducing an element of interactivity during these concert-less times (the band members often shouted out specific folks in the “audience”).
The acoustic set featured stripped down versions of a handful of Metallica classics and some covers, as did the electric set, with one bonus: a reimagined version of “Disposable Heroes” (from 1986’s Master of Puppets). James Hetfield introduced the reworked song on-air as “a heavy song we did acoustic, and we’re doing it heavy the acoustic-version way.”
You can watch that performance below starting around the 7:30 mark in the first embed. We’ll post the acoustic set below that as well.
Metallica’s All Within My Hands charity foundation has been very generous since its launch a few years back, donating proceeds from Metallica concerts and auctions to causes benefiting wildfire relief, education, Covid-19 frontline workers and more.
The first All Within My Hands Foundation Helping Hands Concert took place on November 3, 2018, and ultimately raised $1.3 million. The second one had initially been slated for March 28, 2020, was rescheduled to September 28 in light of the pandemic, and was subsequently moved again to last night’s virtual event.