Metallica are one of the Bay Area’s best-known institutions. So on May 2, for the third consecutive year, the San Francisco Giants honored the band with Metallica Day at AT&T Park. Drummer Lars Ulrich threw out the first pitch in the game against the Los Angeles Angels, and guitarist Kirk Hammett led the crowd in a chorus of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”
But the real treat for fans and guitarists alike was James Hetfield and Hammett performing a wah-drenched version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the start of the game. The two guitarists, sporting Giants jerseys, played axes emblazoned with the team’s 2014 World Champions emblem and had their Mesa and Randall half-stacks decked out with Metallica-Giants grille cloths for the occasion.
There were no Jimi Hendrix–style bombs bursting in air, but Hetfield did coax a bit of feedback from his Marshall, and the duo snuck in a few metal-approved dual-lead lines.