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Metallica Performs Heavy Metal Version of 'The Star Spangled Banner' During NBA Finals 2019 - Watch!

Metallica is putting a heavy metal spin on “The Star Spangled Banner”!

James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett performed their cover of the United States National Anthem on Wednesday night (June 5) at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, Calif.

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The 55-year-old and 56-year-old band members performed just before the Warriors and Raptors faced off on the court.

Fun fact: no player was born when Metallica released their debut album, Kill ‘Em All, in 1983.

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Brad Pitt, Josh Brolin, Courteney Cox & More Honor Chris Cornell at All-Star Tribute Concert!

Brad Pitt is dapper as he hits to the stage to speak during I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell held at The Forum on Wednesday (January 16) in Inglewood, Calif.

The 55-year-old actor was joined by Jimmy Kimmel, Josh Brolin, Courteney Cox, Kaley Cuoco, Adam Levine, Jeremy Renner, Rita Wilson and her husband Tom Hanks, James Hetfield of Metallica, Jack Black, Miguel and Nikka Costa at the all-star tribute concert to the Soundgarden member, which featured 42 distinct performances and a multitude of surprises guests, making for an unforgettable evening spanning nearly five hours in length.

Other guests and special performers included (not pictured) were Miley Cyrus, Taylor Momsen, Dave Grohl, Audioslave, Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler, Ryan Adams, Alice in ChainsWilliam DuVall, Fiona Apple, and Brandi Carlile.

Chris‘ wife Vicky, as well as their children – Christopher Nicholas Cornell and Toni Cornell – also were in attendance and made their way on stage for special tributes.

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Metallica's Lars Ulrich Talks Microphone Not Working At The Grammys: 'We Didn't Know'

Metallica‘s Lars Ulrich has broken his silence about his bandmate James Hetfield‘s microphone not working during their 2017 Grammy Awards performance with Lady Gaga!

“In the heat of that moment, it’s very difficult when you’re aware of the fact that something’s not functioning, [but] you don’t know where in the chain of possible mishaps [it could be]. You don’t know where that’s going on, so you really don’t have a choice other than to just keep battling on,” the 53-year-old co-founder and drummer said while speaking with Entertainment Weekly on Tuesday morning (February 14).

“It’s live television,” Lars added. “A couple of people where like, ‘Why didn’t you stop the song?’ We didn’t know there was a problem… you have no choice but to carry on. The ensuing chaos and energy and complete over-the-top excitement, it was absolutely awesome.”

“It was totally energetic and crazy,” Lars continued. “It was just energy and excitement and nuttiness, so her [Gaga] being right in my face just added to the whole exhilarating energy that was happening for those few minutes. I haven’t seen it yet, but I’ve gotten 700 texts from people just saying the chaos and tornado-like energy of it really translated well on TV.”

Listen to the full interview below…


Lars Ulrich Talks Technical Difficulties During The Grammys
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Lady Gaga Crowd Surfs During Grammys 2017 Performance with Metallica! (Video)

Lady Gaga rocks out on stage with Metallica‘s James Hetfield at the 2017 Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center on Sunday (February 12) in Los Angeles.

The 30-year-old entertainer joined the rock band on stage during the show to perform “Moth Into Flame” and she debuted a giant moth tattoo on her back that day on the red carpet!

The performance was unfortunately marred by technical issues and James‘ microphone wasn’t working, so he joined her at her microphone until it was fixed.

At the end of the performance, Gaga jumped into the audience and crowd surfed!

20+ pictures inside of Lady Gaga performing with MetallicaMore Here! »

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Metallica's James Hetfield Throws Guitar Off Stage After Sound Issues During Grammys Performance With Lady Gaga

James Hetfield, lead vocalist and guitarist of Metallica, is not happy after performing at the 2017 Grammy Awards.

While performing on stage with Lady Gaga, his mic didn’t seem to work until halfway through the song, at the Staples Center on Sunday (February 12) in Los Angeles.

James then stepped over to share a mic with Gaga.

At the end of the performance, he forcibly threw his white electric guitar backstage, along with his pick, which you can see below.

This came right after Adele also had some sort of technical issue, stopping the song in the middle of her George Michael tribute and starting over.

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