Metallica Helping Hand | Modern Drummer’s Magazine
December 21, 2022
By Alex Kluft
A year ago around this time, Metallica celebrated its 40th anniversary with two shows at the Chase Center in its hometown of San Francisco, California. A year later, Metallica played their last show of 2022 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California to benefit their charity All Within My Hands Foundation. Even at 7,000 seats, the Microsoft Theater performance was an intimate spectacle for Metallica who recently announced a massive two-year, two-night football stadium tour featuring openers Pantera, Five Finger Death Punch, Mammoth WVH and Greta Van Fleet. .
In February, Metallica played at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada, with Greta Van Fleet as their first show of the year and only one of two West Coast shows. Their tour took place mainly in South America and at major rock festivals in Europe. It was also Metallica’s first concert in a month and a half, with the last one taking place on November 6 at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida. This intimate show paid tribute to the founders of Megaforce Records, Jon and Marsha Zazula. It was the label that Metallica released their first two albums on and, for this show, only played songs from that era.
Following the releases of Kill them alland ride the lightningMetallica would go on to become the biggest metal band in the world and release six consecutive number one albums, starting with their self-titled “Black Album” until their final release. Wired… to self-destruct. All eight of their albums have been certified between platinum and up to 16x platinum.
The Helping Hands concert began with a red carpet featuring former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum, skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, actor Joe Manganiello, St. Vincent, TV host Mike Rowe, Jimmy Kimmel and Greta Van Flotte. Metallica came out to welcome everyone to the event and talk about their charity before introducing host Jimmy Kimmel, who then took the stage and hugged each member before walking out to return an hour later. Model Kelly Sawyer Patricof came to talk about her non-profit organization Baby2Baby, which All Within My Hands helps benefit. First Star CEO Lyndsey C. Wilson came to talk about her charity which helps high school kids in foster care get a higher education, which All Within My Hands also supports.
Greta Van Fleet took the stage for a short performance of around 30 minutes with six songs. They started with a jam of “The Cold Wind” leading into “Safari Song”. For this show, the group sported new looks. Not only did they have new outfits (which Kimmel jokingly referred to as reminding him of Siegfried and Roy), frontman Josh Kiszka had a new hairstyle, his brother Jake (guitar) had a mustache, and Sam (bass/organ) had a goatee. . Drummer Danny Wagner opted for a curly rather than straight hair look. They have a mature sound even though they are only in their twenties. There are only a few modern rock bands that keep the spirit of legendary bands from the 60s and 70s alive today, and Greta Van Fleet is a big part of that.
Prior to Metallica’s release, there were a few speakers, including Feeding America’s 2022 Global Citizen Award winner Barbie Izquierdo, World Central Kitchen’s Erin Gore and Erich Broksas, and Mike Rowe. Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr., came out to announce Metallica. Metallica’s first set started acoustically with “Blackened” followed by another hit “The Unforgiven”. Metallica will follow with their first time playing Thin Lizzy’s “Borderline” and UFO’s “It’s Killing Me” for the first time live before ending with “Whiskey in the Jar”. Avi Vincour joined Metallica for the acoustic set playing mandolin and guitar. Kimmel returned to announce the next guest speaker, skate legend Tony Hawk. Notably, Metallica’s first track “Whiplash” was in “Tony Hawk’s Underground2″ in 2004.
Metallica returned to the stage for an electric nine-song set beginning with “The Call of Ktulu” and, of course, “All Within My Hands.” They also played fan favorites “Enter Sandman” and St. Vincent joined in “Nothing Else Matters.” Between these two successes, Metallica played their new single “Lux Æterna” from their upcoming album. 72 seasons for the first time live. “Seek and Destroy” closed the set.
This was their third Helping Hands concert, the first to take place in Los Angeles and the first to be broadcast live. In addition to the fundraising concert, there was also a large online auction of almost 100 items, including their instruments used during the concert, other unique items and special experiences.
Setlist by Greta Van Fleet:
1. Safari Song (with a brief jam of “The Cold Wind”)
2. Built by Nations
4. Rising black smoke
5. Light up my love
6. Broken Bells
1. Blackened (2020 Version)
2. The Unforgivables
3. Borderline (Thin Lizzy cover)
4. It’s Killing Me (UFO Cover)
5. Whiskey in the jar
6. Ktulu’s Call
7. Reaper of Sorrow
8. Holier Than You
9. Everything in My Hands
10. Creeping Death
11. Enter Sandman
12. Lux Aeterna
13. Nothing Else Matters (with St. Vincent)
14. Search and Destroy
Everything in my hands Mission and vision statement
“Founded in 2017, the All Within My Hands Foundation is dedicated to building sustainable communities by supporting workforce education, hunger relief, and other essential local services.
Feeding America is AWMH’s premier partner in the fight against hunger. Although we defer to their number in many cases, we remind you that this is an average and that a dollar can be stretched more in different parts of the country. In general, for our donations $1.00 = 3 meals. So that translates to 30,000 meals per show.
AWMH supports workforce education through the Metallica Scholars initiative, which we started in 2019 with 10 schools and expanded in 2020 to 15 schools. When it comes to the education and needs of Metallica Scholars grant recipients, the dollar-to-impact ratio is less straightforward. Schools are selected through a competitive application process and each receive $100,000 to use in ways they deem most beneficial to their programs. That being said, through our partners at the American Association of Community Colleges, we ensure that the funds are used appropriately in accordance with our initiative.
Our goal is for our students to receive an education that will enable them to obtain better paying jobs and establish stable careers. In most cases, this is not accomplished by attending school for two years to receive an associate degree, but rather the result of a three or six month certificate program.