Metallica Raised Over $1.3 Million for Charity at Recent Livestream
Metallica hosted a livestream pay-per-view concert to benefit their All Within My Hands charity foundation on Saturday, November 14, and by all accounts their effort was a resounding success, raising over $1.3 million.
The show, dubbed Live & Acoustic From HQ: Helping Hands Concert & Auction, featured both unplugged and electric sets and was streamed live from the band’s headquarters in San Rafael, CA. Video feeds from fans’ homes were projected onto the walls of the performance space during the broadcast, introducing an element of interactivity during these concert-less times (the band members often shouted out specific folks in the “audience”).
Thanks to the fans and generous sponsors, Metallica’s first ever pay-per-view livestream event has raised over $1.3 million thus far. Those funds will be used to work with partners at Feeding America and the American Association of Community Colleges, along with supporting Covid and disaster relief efforts in the coming months.
The live show may have ended, and the auction has closed, but there’s a little more time to catch this unique, worldwide concert event on demand. Ticket packages will be available to purchase until 11:59 PM PST on Giving Tuesday, December 1, right here.
The acoustic set featured stripped down versions of a handful of Metallica classics and some covers, as did the electric set, with one bonus: a reimagined version of “Disposable Heroes” (from 1986’s Master of Puppets). James Hetfield introduced the reworked song on-air as “a heavy song we did acoustic, and we’re doing it heavy the acoustic-version way.” You can watch that full performance below.
Metallica’s All Within My Hands charity foundation has been very generous since its launch a few years back, donating proceeds from Metallica concerts and auctions to causes benefiting wildfire relief, education, Covid-19 frontline workers and more.
The first All Within My Hands Foundation Helping Hands Concert took place on November 3, 2018, and ultimately also raised $1.3 million. The second, most recent one had initially been slated for March 28, 2020, was rescheduled to September 28 in light of the pandemic, and was subsequently moved again to the virtual event on November 14.
Metallica are deep into “some pretty serious writing” writing for their next album. After first floating the idea of working on new music while under quarantine in April, by June Lars Ulrich had revealed that Metallica were, indeed, in writing mode. James and Rob have both said they’ve been busy working on new songs, too, and Kirk Hammett has trumpeted the fact that he has over 600 song ideas recorded (after infamously losing his cell phone with 300+ ideas prior to the sessions for Hardwired).