Metallica are big hometown sports fans and guitarists James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett were on hand to represent and deliver a stunning version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Game Four of the Stanley Cup Finals between the San Jose Sharks and the Pittsburgh Penguins Monday night. (The Penguins emerged victorious from the game).

Hammett delivered the national anthem’s main melody while Hetfield ran counterpoint and added reinforcement and some of his trademark rumble when appropriate.

  • Both wore Sharks jerseys, and their amplifiers sported a hybrid Sharks-Metallica logo. The guitars they played on will be sold through an NHL auction to raise money for the Sharks Foundation.
  • Meanwhile, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich recently said in a new interview with Metal Forces that June will be a decisive month for the band’s long-awaited 10th studio album. Ulrich revealed, “We’re now coming towards the end of the musical creative process and we’re starting to look ahead and the process of how we’re gonna share this record with the universe. The month of June is basically when we’re gonna sit down and figure what we’re gonna do with it all; what we’re gonna call it and what’s gonna be on it.”


Watch Metallica Perform the National Anthem at the Stanley Cup Final:

The Sharks Foundation tweets out a group snap:

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DID YOU KNOW? The group has been recording at Metallica HQ in San Rafael, California with Greg Fidelman, who was the engineer on the band’s last studio album, 2008’s Death Magnetic.