Metallica revisit their epic House Of Vans show from 2016

Metallica take their bow following the House Of Vans show in London (Image credit: Jeff Yeager - Getty)

Metallica have shared the latest episode of their Metallica Mondays series.

The band have been streaming some of their favourite performances from their back catalogue every week to keep fans entertained during the current lockdown.

This week, Metallica took a trip back in time to November 18, 2016, when they played an epic set in front of 600 fans at London’s House Of Vans to mark the launch of their studio album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct.

Speaking about the concert venue, bassist Robert Trujillo says: “One of the best, coolest, most surreal skate parks on the planet because it’s underground. They’ve got a great museum and a lot of history – old photos from people I knew from when I grew up in the west side of Los Angeles.”

As for the show itself, he adds: “Thrash, style, punk old-school show, with a wooden stage. I remember James Hetfield being bummed at soundcheck because it was a bit boomy down there, but once the crowd came in, it really helped settle the sound. It had a lot of soul, attack and vibe – that show was all vibe.

“It’s an incredible show to see and it really kicked off the Hardwired tour – it was the launch pad for what we were about to experience over the next three years. Great memories.”

The show saw the band open with their cover of Budgie classic Breadfan and proceed to tear through tracks including Battery, Master Of Puppets, Enter Sandman, Whiskey In The Jar and Harvester Of Sorrow.

And, as November 18 is guitarist Kirk Hammett’s birthday, fans got to see him plastered with cream pies during the final song, Seek & Destroy.

Watch the full concert below.

Last week, drummer Lars Ulrich said is could be possible for Metallica to record an album in quarantine if the coronavirus lockdown continued for a significant period of time.

Scott Munro
Louder e-commerce editor

Scott has spent 35 years in newspapers, magazines and online as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. Scott joined our news desk in the summer of 2014 before moving to the e-commerce team in 2020. Scott keeps Louder’s buyer’s guides up to date, writes about the best deals for music fans, keeps on top of the latest tech releases and reviews headphones, speakers, earplugs and more. Over the last 10 years, Scott has written more than 11,000 articles across Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog. He's previously written for publications including IGN, the Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald newspapers, covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to tech reviews, video games, travel and whisky. Scott's favourite bands are Fields Of The Nephilim, The Cure, New Model Army, All About Eve, The Mission, Cocteau Twins, Drab Majesty, Marillion and Rush.