‘Metallica Night’ at SF Giants Game Features James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett’s National Anthem



Metallica – Story by Anne Erickson, photo by Ross Halfin

Watch Metallica’s James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett Perform the National Anthem at “Metallica Night” in San Francisco

The San Francisco Giants hosted the eighth annual “Metallica Night” on Tuesday, May 24, hosting a special Metallica-powered game against the New York Mets. As in previous years, all of Metallica’s band members – including James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Lars Ulrich – were at the game. Hetfield even threw out the first pitch and shredded “The Star-Spangled Banner” with Hammett. It’s a tradition that seems to be a permanent thing, with the band already making plans for 2023.

“It’s a tradition we’ve missed the past two seasons, so we’re really excited to have Metallica Night return to Oracle Park with our local baseball team, the San Francisco Giants,” Metallica said in a collective statement. “This year marks the eighth time we’ll take the field for the national anthem, the first pitch and some other pre-game shenanigans.”

In the end, “Metallica Night” brought a really exciting game, with the Mets coming from an 8-2 deficit to take an 11-8 lead going into the top of the eighth inning. It was almost enough to win, but not quite, as the Giants managed to rally to win 13-12.

In other news, Metallica is giving away the two guitars used by Hetfield and Hammett to play the game’s anthem: a James Hetfield Signature Series ESP Snakebyte guitar and the Kirk Hammett Signature Series ESP KH-2 guitar – both featuring the iconography of the Giants. Fans can enter a raffle to win the guitars, with funds going to the band’s All Within My Hands foundation.

Luckily, a lot of the Metallica action was filmed, for those who couldn’t attend the game. Watch footage of Metallica’s National Anthem performance and Hetfield’s impressed first pitch at Metallica’s 8th Annual Night below.



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