They’re big fans of Manchester’s musical past.
The metal icons were in town on Tuesday evening, marking their first UK show of 2019 ahead of performing at London’s Twickenham Stadium tonight. But the gig took a personal twist as Kirk Hammett and bassist Rob Trujillo headed out to a second stage to perform the seminal 1989 hit.
The two guitarists battled the Manchester rain as they performed the track – with Trujillo’s gruff vocals emulating the talents of Ian Brown.
It isn’t the first time that the band have shown off their extensive knowledge of Manchester’s extensive musical heritage either. In 2017, they covered Oasis’ ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ during a stop-off at Manchester Arena.
In other Metallica news, drummer Lars Ulrich recently admitted that the Rolling Stones proved to be unlikely saviours after the tumultuous recording of 2004’s ‘St Anger’ almost resulted in the band’s split.
“The Rolling Stones called us up and said, ‘Come and play some shows with us in California,’ and we sort of agreed you’re not going to say no to the Stones, so that was it,” said Ulrich.
“It gave us the way to start it back up again. Whether you’re a team in an office or a bunch of dudes in a rock and roll band, at some point people have to figure out how to get along and work as a team.
“If you don’t care, it’s easier to walk away, but fortunately we cared enough about Metallica on behalf of ourselves and the fans to figure out a way to make it function. I’m happy that we did.”