Watch Metallica play Whiplash, Seek And Destroy and Fade To Black for 500 fans at surprise hometown show

Metallica in SF
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Metallica performed a 16-song set at a surprise show in San Francisco last night (September 16), and you can watch fan-shot footage of the gig here.

The metal superstars announced the gig via social media earlier in the day.

“Hey! Gonna let you in on a little secret,” they declared. “We're playing tonight at The Independent in downtown SF. Grab a $20 bill and get your ass to the box office right now! Proof of vaxx is required to get a wristband and it's gonna sell out fast. One ticket per person, cash only!"

Tickets for the gig reportedly sold out in just 13 minutes.

Those fortunate enough to secure a ticket were treated to a 16-song set from the quartet featuring just two songs - Holier Than Thou and Sad But True - from ‘The Black Album’, which has been given an expansive reissue to mark its 30th anniversary.

Watch fan-shot footage of the gig below: 

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Metallica set list at The Independent, September 16, 2021

1. Whiplash
2. Ride The Lightning
3. The Memory Remains
4. Now That We're Dead
5. Holier Than Thou
6. No Leaf Clover
7. Sad But True
8. Moth Into Flame
9. Fade To Black
10. For Whom The Bell Tolls
11. Creeping Death
12. One
13. Master Of Puppets


14. Battery
15. Fuel
16. Seek & Destroy

Reflecting back on the phenomenal success his band achieved with their 30-million-selling ‘Black Album’, drummer Lars Ulrich tells NME that it was “a victory for the underdog and the disenfranchised, for all the music lovers that lived on the edge.”

“It didn’t feel we had moved to the mainstream,” he insists. “It felt like the mainstream came to us.”

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