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(LR) Robert Trujillo, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett of Metallica perform on stage as Metallica Presents. The Helping Hands concert on December 16, 2022. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for P+ and MTV)

Metallica just lost a long-running legal battle against Lloyd’s of London when a California judge released the insurance market firm from financial losses stemming from the band’s forced postponement of six South American shows in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But just one day after this disappointing verdict was announced, Metallica returned to the stage in good spirits and returned to Los Angeles’ intimate Microsoft Theater for their third Helping Hands Concert & Auction fundraiser.

Frontman James Hetfield expressed his delight at being able to play for Metallica’s die-hard fans again, saying: “We’ve been together forever, 200 years. We are so grateful to be doing what we are doing.”

Hetfield and company even treated Friday’s audience to a live debut of Metallica’s new COVID-delayed track. 72 Seasons album that will finally be released in April 2023. “We thought it was such a special gig here that we’re going to play ‘Lux Æterna’, which is the first single. [72 Seasons]. We’ll be playing it live here for the first time. And what about that?’ Hatfield asked rhetorically. The cymbal crash forced the band to stop and restart the song, but 7,100 fans attended the concert, including Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello and Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum.

Meanwhile, Lux Æterna was the only preview of the night 72 Seasons, the event, which benefited the band’s All Within My Hands Foundation, had a few other surprises. Metallica played their first covers of Thin Lizzy’s “Borderline” (“Phil Lynott wrote that song about my life,” Hetfield quipped) and UFO’s “It’s Killing Me,” the latter a request from drummer Lars Ulrich. “We keep playing covers because that’s how it is funHatfield smiled.

Then “new friend” St. Vincent, who actually covered Metallica’s “Sad But True” on last year’s All-Star cover set, Metallica Blacklist — jumped on the other one to jam Black album power ballad, “Sad But True.” The semi-acoustic/semi-electric concert was also joined by San Francisco folk singer/multi-instrumentalist and former AWMH intern Avi Winokur, playing mandolin and acoustic, electric and 12-string guitars. (“All the things we don’t know how to do,” Hatfield observed.)

Jimmy Kimmel hosted Friday’s fundraiser, declaring Metallica “one of the greatest bands in the history of the world” to rapturous applause, while Robert Downey Jr. and Tony Hawk also made surprise appearances, singing the band’s praises and expressing their own fandom. Hard rocker Greta Van Fleet opened the show.

Since Metallica launched All Within My Hands in 2017, the charity has raised $12 million to fight food insecurity, provide natural disaster relief and build sustainable communities through workforce and community college programs. This year’s AWMH memorabilia auction, which began on December 5, runs through December 20; 100% of the proceeds from the auction and benefit show will go directly to people in need. Friday’s concert was streamed live on Paramount+ and will be available in its entirety on Monday, December 19.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 16: James Hetfield of Metallica performs on stage as Metallica Presents.  The Helping Hands Concert (Paramount+) at Microsoft Theater on December 16, 2022 in Los Angeles, CA.  (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for P+ and MTV)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 16: James Hetfield of Metallica performs on stage as Metallica Presents. The Helping Hands Concert (Paramount+) at Microsoft Theater on December 16, 2022 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for P+ and MTV)

As for the aftermath of Metallica, after the lawsuit and the pandemic, April 27, 2023, two weeks after the hotly anticipated release. 72 Seasons, the band’s first studio album since 2016. they will return to the arenas on their two-year M72 World Tour. They will play two concerts in each city, with completely different setlists for each night. The full line-up for the December 16 Helping Hands concert is below.

Acoustic.

Blackened

The unforgiven

Boundary line

It’s killing me

Whiskey in a jar

A break (Introduced by Hetfield with: “We’ll be right back, take a short break and then come back and kick some metal ass”)

Electric:

The Call of Cthulu

Harvest of grief

More than holy

Everything is in my hands

Creeping death

Enter Sandman

Lux Aeterna

Nothing Matters Anymore (with St. Vincent)

Seek and destroy

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