Download + Stream Metallica’s Helping Hands Concert in Los Angeles
Metallica never do the expected.
In 2018, they put together their first-ever Helping Hands benefit show to raise money and awareness for their philanthropic foundation, All Within My Hands. The show was completely acoustic and took place at The Masonic in San Francisco. It featured their debut performance of the newly-arranged version of "Disposable Heroes," and a few months after the show, they released it as a double-LP, pressed on marbled blue vinyl; today, that album has become a hard-to-find collector's item, typically selling for more than $100 on Discogs.
In 2020—during the height of the pandemic when there were still many unknowns ahead and no vaccines yet available—Metallica announced their second Helping Hands gig. This time, it was livestreamed from Metallica HQ in San Rafael and not only featured a fully-acoustic set, but an additional electric set, too. Among many cool highlights, they performed "Creeping Death" acoustically and performed the acoustic arrangement of "Disposable Heroes" electrically. It was definitely a night to remember.
And on Dec. 16, 2022, Metallica gave their fans another night to remember with their third Helping Hands show—this time at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles—which is now available to stream and download from LiveMetallica.com and nugs.net. Fans can also pre-order the physical copy of the show as a two-CD set here.
Like their 2020 Helping Hands show, the 2022 edition featured an acoustic set followed by a fully plugged-in, electric and heavy set, as well. In the first set, Metallica played five songs, three of which were covers: two Thin Lizzy tunes and UFO's "It's Killing Me," marking the band's first time covering UFO in front of a live audience.
When they came back to the stage for round two, they opened with a crushing performance of "The Call of Ktulu" and followed it with eight more songs, including the live debut of "Lux Æterna."
This concert marked Metallica's final show of 2022 and as of right now, it is their last show before the M72 tour kicks off in support of their next studio album, 72 Seasons.
72 Seasons is set for release on April 14, 2023, and their first M72 stop is scheduled for April 27 and April 29 at the Johan Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam.