On November 9, 1990—25 years ago today—the metal community gathered at the Hollywood Palladium for the fourth-annual party of RIP magazine, an essential metal tome during that quintessentially metal decade known as the Eighties.
For the evening’s entertainment, the crowd got quite a treat: members of Metallica and Guns N’ Roses performing together as the Gak. The quickly assembled band included GN’R singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan along with Metallica guitarists Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich. The band was rounded out by Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach.
As you can see in the grainy video below, the band had little material prepared. After performing the Nazareth classic “Hair of the Dog” they performed renditions of their own songs, including GNR’s “You’re Crazy,” Skid Row’s “Piece of Me” and Metallica’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “Whiplash.” The last number actually got played twice: once with Bach on vocals, then with Hetfield at the mic.
The Gak never performed again, but you never know what might happen in the future. If rumors about a possible Guns N’ Roses reunion ever come true, a Gak reunion might not be entirely out of the question.