Metallica Mondays: Live stream band's '06/06/06' gig marking 20th anniversary of 'Master of Puppets' album
This is the next installment in the popular Metallica Mondays fundraiser concert series, which keeps fans at home entertained while providing financial aid for coronavirus relief
The mighty rock band Metallica are back again for another edition of Metallica Mondays, the online concert series that promises to keep fans well and truly entertained while quarantining at home, besides raising funds for coronavirus relief. This time, Metallica have chosen to go old-school with their latest livestream, which began at 8 pm ET on their Facebook and YouTube pages. This concert, plucked from the Metallica Vault, features what is arguably one of the band's best-ever thrash metal albums in 'Master of Puppets', performed from start to finish during the band's appearance at Waldbühne in Berlin, Germany on the auspicious date of June 6, 2006. Besides the nefarious and obvious 06/06/06 connotations, there's a reason this date is so special in Metallica history. As frontman James Hetfield explained to the crowd serenading him with chants of 'Happy Birthday' - "Yes, you've figured it out. This is the 20th year anniversary or birthday of 'Master Of Puppets', and for your listening pleasure, [we're playing] the entire album, 'Master of Puppets'."
This means crunching fan favorites like 'Master of Puppets', 'The Thing That Should Not Be' and 'Orion' are all present in the setlist, along with some surprises like a mini-cameo from their touring partners, Avenged Sevenfold, on backing vocals near the end, and fresh tracks like 'The New Song', which later turned out to be a mixture of 'The End of The Line' and 'All Nightmare Long' in its nascent stages. This was also the first time that 'Motorbreath' was performed as a concert opener, so there's plenty of old-school fare on display. Here's the entire setlist for your reference below:
Wherever I May Roam
The New Song (Live Debut)
Master of Puppets
The Thing That Should Not Be
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
Sad But True
Nothing Else Matters
Commando (Ft.Avenged Sevenfold on Background Vocals)
Seek and Destroy
As always, this online concert series also serves as a fundraising effort by Metallica, who are partnering with the All Within My Hands foundation, as well as Feeding America and Direct Relief to provide financial aid and essential services to needy people who have been critically impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. So if you can afford to make a contribution to this worthy cause, the Metallica family will appreciate your noble gesture. Stay tuned for more exciting concerts every Monday night from Metallica, which will be available for on-demand streaming via their Facebook and YouTube pages.