Metallica grant fans an intimate glimpse of their live process in a new performance video from their September 16th show at Quebec City, Canada’s new Videotron Centre. The clip features the metal legends backstage and in sound check, climaxing with a blistering performance of their classic “Harvester of Sorrow” during the arena’s debut concert, Classic Rock reports. “We’re very grateful to be the first band playing in here, and all the Metallica family is here to celebrate that,” frontman James Hetfield tells the crowd. “Loud and proud, Quebec City!”
The footage opens with pre-show run-throughs of “The Unforgiven II” and “Fade to Black.” (Check the hilarious shot of drummer Lars Ulrich staring into the rafters at the 3:00 mark.) Later, Ulrich chats with fans backstage during a meet-and-greet. One attendee says she’s from “right here,” to which the drummer cracks, “Right here – I was born in this arena.” Per Ulrich’s request, the band workshops “Creeping Death” and the “fast part” of “St. Anger,” as the drummer makes goofy faces at the camera.
Live audio from both of the band’s Quebec City shows is available at the Live Metallica website.
Metallica are currently working on their 10th LP, though they haven’t ironed out a title or release date. Bassist Robert Trujillo told Rolling Stone that the new material is “special and unique in its own way, but still keeping it heavy.”
But there’s one snag: Lead guitarist Kirk Hammett lost roughly 250 potential riffs after misplacing his iPhone. “I’m still looking for it to this day,” he said in an recent interview. “I just set it somewhere and … it still might turn up. I’m hoping it will. To try to remember those riffs? I can only remember, like, eight of ’em. So I just chalked it down to maybe it just wasn’t meant to be and I’ll just move forward with it.”
Despite the setback, Hammett was optimistic about the album, calling the songs “super heavy” and “super riffy.”
“It’s a lot similar to [2008’s] Death Magnetic, but different in certain parts,” he added. “James [Hetfield] is doing a lot of really, really cool melody stuff these days, a lot of vocal layers. ‘Lords of Summer’ is a good example of that, the beginning…. There’s a couple of songs that remind me of something on [1988’s] …And Justice for All, but the album doesn’t sound like …And Justice for All.”