Fresh off a launch party/concert for Death Magnetic in Berlin, Metallica checked into London’s BBC Theatre last night to record a one-hour live radio broadcast that saw the band test five new tracks and rifle through a handful of old favorites. “Do you like?” Metallica frontman James Hetfield asked of 300-plus fan club members after the band ripped through “That Was Just Your Life” and “End of the Line,” two cuts from the new album.
The Metallica faithful were well acquainted with Death Magnetic and obliged Hetfield when asked to “Sing along, if you know the words” on the first two singles “Cyanide” and “The Day That Never Comes.” After 45 minutes of nonstop speed metal, Metallica produced a thundering conclusion (and perhaps the first-ever mosh pit at the BBC) with classics “Master of Puppets” and “Blackened.” Metallica stuck around for a few moments after the show as Hetfield high-fived fans while Lars Ulrich tossed drumsticks into the crowd.
For those in the U.K., the concert will be broadcast tonight on Radio One at 9:00 PM GMT. Following the radio broadcast, the full gig will be available for streaming on the BBC’s Website. Metallica play in London again tonight at the O2 Arena and will kick off their 35-date North American tour on October 21st in Glendale, Arizona.
“That Was Just Your Life”
“End of the Line”
“Until it Sleeps”
“Broken Beat Scarred”
“For Whom the Bell Tolls”
“The Day That Never Comes”
“Master of Puppets”
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