Metallica Mondays: Band plays first Columbia gig from 1999, here's how you can watch the fundraiser live
This is part of the Metallica Mondays initiative, which aims to keep fans entertained amid coronavirus while securing financial aid for those impacted by the pandemic
Metallica Mondays are back this week with a brand-new assortment of live-streamed tunes from everyone's favorite metal riffsmiths, Metallica. These weekly live sets have been made exclusively available for fans on the band's Facebook and YouTube pages. This time, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and former bassist Jason Newsted can be seen rocking the socks off their South American fans in a vintage set that was filmed at Parque Simón Bolívar in Bogotá, Colombia on May 2, 1999.
Although Jason Newsted was later replaced by bass lord Robert Trujillo following his departure from Metallica in 2001, this set serves up an epic glimpse of Cliff Burton's replacement, with his incessant energy, passionate backing vocals and mile-a-minute facial expressions. Here's the full set from the Colombian gig below, where the band sounds in great form, even if the concert tape itself might be a bit dated. It's also great to hear some vintage tunes and covers that we wouldn't normally hear in a contemporary Metallica setlist these days.
Colombia 1999 Setlist
'The Ecstasy of Gold' (Ennio Morricone song as intro music)
'Breadfan' (Budgie cover)
'Master of Puppets'
'Of Wolf and Man'
'The Thing That Should Not Be'
'The Memory Remains'
'Bleeding Me' + Bass/Guitar Solos
'The Four Horsemen'
'For Whom the Bell Tolls'
'Wherever I May Roam'
'Fight Fire With Fire'
'Nothing Else Matters'
'Sad but True'
'Die, Die My Darling' (Misfits cover)
In the comments section, fans could be seen reminiscing about all the glorious memories they still fondly shared from this amazing gig. Considering Metallica ruled the world during the '90s, it must have been an extra special treat for metal fans when they came down to South America. As one fan stated, "A historic gig, first time they were playing in Colombia... People were camping outside the venue 1 week before the concert. More than 60,000 people in attendance." That does sound pretty epic in nature.
As always, even though this is a live-streamed entertainment spectacle for Metallica fans to keep them occupied during amid coronavirus, this is also a fundraiser aimed at raising financial aid and Covid-19 relief for people in dire need of food and other medical essentials. As a statement on Metallica's official site reads, "While streaming is free, we will be hosting simultaneous fundraisers on each platform benefiting All Within My Hands. Your donation will help address food insecurities and medical supply shortages during the current Covid-19 crisis as AWMH is working with partners at Feeding America and Direct Relief."
So make sure you donate generously to this worthy cause if you can afford to, and stay tuned for more Metallica in the coming weeks.