metallica-packshotEarlier today Metallica livestreamed a soundcheck/rehearsal from Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium via Facebook. The heavy metal princes invited 300 lucky fans to watch the performance, ahead of the kick-off of the group’s Now That We’re Live tour which begins tomorrow.

The boys played classics Battery and For Whom The Bell Tolls, and from their new album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct we got Atlas, Rise! and Now That We’re Dead. Here’re five things we learned.

1: They are going to make full use of the enormous (seriously, colossal) backdrop screens which dominate the stage design; we saw eerie black birds flitting across a misty sky, and multi-coloured, spasmodic, glitchy headshots which mimic the Hardwired… To Self-Destruct album cover art.

2: Lars likes to blow his nose on the ground with one finger. Could’ve done with not knowing that one.

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3: Frontman James Hetfield enjoys giving his admirers shit. “You drove 15 hours? For this? They make planes now, you know,” he heckled one shrieking fan.

4: Hetfield can’t cook mac and cheese, but the barbeque is his “domain.” I can’t remember how such a thing came up during stage-audience banter.

5: Lars Ulrich is a typically annoying drummer. When drummers refuse to shut up during rehearsal, no one can talk or make decisions – you have to wait for their paroxysm to finish. While deciding what to play for their last track, Hetfield asked his bandmates “What do we need to work on?” Lars started bashing away in his own little world and Hetfield sighed “Oh, we’re working on the drum solo.”

You can watch the whole thing below or via the band’s facebook page where you can access a link to donate to Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation, which supports “a cross-section of national, local and Bay Area charities that the individual band members support, as well as music education programs and local food banks.”

Hardwired… To Self-Destruct is out now via Universal.
Read our review of Hardwired… To Self-Destruct.

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