"Burn, Indio, burn!" Watch fiery, pro-shot footage of Metallica smashing out Fuel in style at Power Trip Festival

James Hetfield singing on stage at Power Trip
(Image credit: YouTube (Metallica))

Unless you were in a self-imposed heavy metal exile, you probably noticed that the world's first Power Trip Festival took place earlier this month. Held over three blockbuster days at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California from October 6-8, it united six of the biggest and most influential metal and hard rock bands in history, with AC/DC, Guns N' Roses, Iron Maiden, Tool, Judas Priest and Metallica all playing ecstatically received sets across the weekend.

Now, the first pro-shot footage from the festival has been released courtesy of Metallica, who have uploaded their raucous rendition of Reload classic Fuel in full. Featuring the metal titans on imperious form, you can watch it for yourself below.

Metallica made headlines soon after the festival after vocalist/rhythm guitarist James Hetfield and lead guitarist Kirk Hammett were spotted near the front row of the Power Trip crowd rocking out to Judas Priest. Speaking on official Metallica podcast The Metallica Report, Hetfield revealed his joy at being able to appreciate one of his favourite bands from the best seat in the house.

“I just kind of realised that we’re down in the very front, looking up," he said. "You got Rob Halford riding out on a motorcycle, and there’s fans behind us, looking at us. They’re watching us enjoy that. How cool! I guess that’s pretty cool, you know, but we’re fans at the end of the day. We wanted to be in the mix and see it. So it’s been a fantastic weekend.”

Metallica played as part of their mammoth 72 Seasons world tour, which is set to continue well into next year.

Metallica Power Trip Setlist October 8 2023

Creeping Death
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Enter Sandman
Lux Æterna
Too Far Gone?
"Desert Jam"
Fade To Black
Nothing Else Matters
Sad But True
The Day That Never Comes
Seek & Destroy
Master Of Puppets

Merlin Alderslade
Executive Editor, Louder

Merlin moved into his role as Executive Editor of Louder in early 2022, following over ten years working at Metal Hammer. While there, he served as Online Editor and Deputy Editor, before being promoted to Editor in 2016. Before joining Metal Hammer, Merlin worked as Associate Editor at Terrorizer Magazine and has previously written for the likes of Classic Rock, Rock Sound, eFestivals and others. Across his career he has interviewed legends including Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy, Metallica, Iron Maiden (including getting a trip on Ed Force One courtesy of Bruce Dickinson), Guns N' Roses, KISS, Slipknot, System Of A Down and Meat Loaf. He is also probably responsible for 90% of all nu metal-related content making it onto the site.