Metallica Plays Tiny San Francisco Club Gig at the Independent — Watch Clips of “Whiplash,” “Master of Puppets, “Seek & Destroy” and More

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Metallica dropped in for a few hundred lucky fans on Thursday night at the Independent, a small club in San Francisco.

The venue tweeted news of the gig a few hours ahead of time, with wristbands just $20 (which sold out very quickly, of course):

Once inside, Metallica staged its first gig with fans in attendance since 2019. As the thrash/metal iconswebsite put it:

We’re BAAAAACK!! It’s been 738 days since our last live show, but hey, who’s counting?! Well, that shit all stops tonight!!! “Wait,” you say, “there’s a show tonight?” Yes! Join us this evening, September 16th, in our hometown of San Francisco with real-live fans in the house. We’ll be going back to our club roots by taking the stage at The Independent on Divisadero, and we cannot wait to see you!

The gig was a week after Metallica’s 30th anniversary reissue of the Black Album, though this wasn’t tied to that … it was just a gig for gig’s sake, a chance for the band and its fans to reconnect after  a long time apart.

Enjoy some fan-shot footage of the night, which finds James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo sounding especially crisp. Here’s the set-opening “Whiplash” (apparently the song’s very first time opening a show in the band’s history):

“Fade to Black”:

“Master of Puppets”:

“Seek & Destroy”:

The 16-song set list ventured throughout the band’s career, a pretty good time for $20 for those lucky enough to make it inside!

Whiplash (First time as an opener ever)
Ride the Lightning
The Memory Remains
Now That We’re Dead
Holier Than Thou
No Leaf Clover
Sad but True
Moth Into Flame
Fade to Black
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Creeping Death
Master of Puppets

Seek & Destroy

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