Metallica performs at San Quentin prison. - Rolling Stone
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Metallica Rock San Quentin

Metal men perform for inmates

Metallica played a ten-song set at the legendary San Quentin prison, just north of the band’s home base of San Francisco, yesterday. The show, the band’s first full performance with new bassist Robert Trujillo, opened with “Creeping Death,” and the band kept things vintage through the first four songs, offering tracks from Kill ‘Em All (1983), Ride the Lightning (1984) and Master of Puppets (1986).

“I was guilty of compartmentalizing before,” frontman James Hetfield said to the incarcerated audience, “perhaps not wanting to see the souls in here. But there are lots of souls here. And I’m not afraid to say that I love you guys.”

The concert was part of an exchange between the band and the prison. Metallica shot a video for the title track on their upcoming St. Anger on prison grounds on Wednesday, and in return, played for the inmates and made a $10,000 donation to the San Quentin Giants baseball field.

Set list:

Creeping Death
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Seek and Destroy
Fade to Black
Sad but True
Master of Puppets
Enter Sandman

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