METALLICA surprised fans at Orion Music + More on June 8 by playing its 1983 debut disc “Kill ‘Em All” from beginning to end on a smaller stage at the event. METALLICA was officially announced to play a headlining set on June 9 to close out the festival, but hit the stage at 4:30 p.m. one day earlier for a 10-song set that started with “Hit The Lights” and finished out with “Metal Militia”.
The afternoon slot was officially taken by an “act” called DEHAAN — which METALLICA fans may have recognized as the name of actor Dane DeHaan, who is starring in the band’s upcoming 3D movie, “Metallica Through The Never”. Another hint was dropped when METALLICAfrontman James Hetfield posted a message on Instagram which read, “Don’t miss Dehaan! #MUYA #mff #UwillRegretMissingThem #IfUdoUmightKillEmAll #winkWink #getIt?”
Hetfield came onstage first to introduce “DEHAAN,” after which the rest of the members of METALLICA came out and began playing.
Official Metallica TV footage of the pre-show rehearsal in the “tuning room”, as well as the actual DEHAAN performance, can be seen below.
“Jump In The Fire” in tuning room (starting at 0:05)
“Hit The Lights” from the show (starting at 3:31)
“Phantom Lord” from the show (starting at 7:55)
Next month is the 30th anniversary of the release of “Kill ‘Em All”, which was issued on July 25, 1983.
At last year’s Orion festival, METALLICA played both 1991’s self-titled “black album” and 1984’s “Ride The Lightning” in their entirety on separate nights.
Drummer Lars Ulrich told The Pulse Of Radio recently that the band didn’t necessarily want to do the same thing each year with a different record. “Obviously, it’s something that’s a lot of fun to do, but you’ve got to just walk a fine line because you don’t — obviously, METALLICA‘s not interested in being, you know, a nostalgia act only. So we want to just find that right line.”
Other acts performing at the second annual Orion Music + More festival this past weekend included the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, RISE AGAINST, DEFTONES, THE SILVERSUN PICKUPS, BASSNECTAR, GOGOL BORDELLO, FOALS, TOMAHAWK, THE JOY FORMIDABLE, THE BRONX and DROPKICK MURPHYS.