METALLICA Hope For More Sports Nights After AT&T Park Triumph

May 4, 2013, 4 years ago

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According to the Associated Press, METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo sure could get used to this: a tour of sorts, with stops at the Bay Area’s professional and college sporting venues. Or even some travel to ballparks and arenas beyond Northern California.

AT&T; Park was a nice start Friday night as the reigning World Series champion Giants hosted the rival Los Angeles Dodgers for the first time this year.

‘‘What’s special about this is you can actually merge the two worlds together,’’ Trujillo said. ‘‘I feel that music is such an inspirational form of energy, as baseball is. And especially with Metallica, believe it or not, our shows are very physical. Sports is a very physical thing, too.’’

Whether Trujillo’s idea really takes off, time will tell — though he is already hoping for an Oakland Raiders game across the bay down the road.

‘‘We'll see, maybe the Raiders are around the corner, you never know,’’ Trujillo said. ‘‘I think we could be starting something here. Maybe this transitions into other bands uniting with their local team and representing and bringing that kind of excitement into the sport.’’

After playing the national anthem with Kirk Hammett to roaring cheers from the crowd, lead singer and guitarist James Hetfield led cheers of ‘‘Let’s go Giants!’’ before first pitch. The band members reside in Marin County.

The band would love to make this an annual thing, and appreciated the Giants’ invite.

‘‘Extremely grateful. I think the GRATEFUL DEAD have their day,’’ Hetfield said. ‘‘And we have a pretty loyal following ourselves. So I think we might be in the territory of the Dead as well. We’re very grateful to be a part of this. Hopefully it can continue and we'll do it as long as we can.’’

Drummer Lars Ulrich threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Giants closer Sergio Romo. On the main scoreboard in center field, Giants players’ photos were shown with Metallica-like hairdos when they batted.

Read more at the Associated Press.

Watch James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett perform the 'Star Spangled Banner' below:

Check out more photos at the Metallica Facebook page here.

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