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Watch Metallica Debut ‘Moth Into Flame’ at Small NYC Gig

Band delivers inaugural performance of ‘Hardwired… to Self-Destruct’ thrasher at intimate Webster Hall

Metallica performed an intimate, fan club-only gig Tuesday night at New York’s Webster Hall, with the heavy metal act using the occasion for the live debut of their latest Hardwired… to Self-Destruct track “Moth Into Flame.”

“We’re going to play ‘Moth Into Flame’ for you special folks. I hope you feel special,” James Hetfield told the 1,500-person crowd before launching into the song. “Alright, we’ll ask you after the song.” Despite its inaugural run-through, Metallica delivered a crisp, thundering rendition of the track that the band initially debuted Monday following a visit to the Howard Stern Show.

Metallica’s Webster Hall show also featured the second onstage performance of the new album’s “Hardwired,” as well as a few songs that the band hadn’t played live for a few years: Their cover of Budgie’s “Breadfan,” “Holier Than Thou” and an “Orion” dedicated to the band’s late bassist Cliff Burton, who died 30 years ago Tuesday.

Hardwired… to Self Destruct arrives November 18th.

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