"This was by far the most difficult cover I've done," he says on YouTube. "It's long, it's intricate and devilishly fast at the end. The whole process of tabbing, learning, playing and finally editing this monstrosity took me the better part of two weeks. I'm pretty pleased with the final result. There're still a few bits I wish I'd played a little cleaner.
A lucky group of Metallica fans were brought on stage during the band's August 1 show at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago. Some of them filmed the show from the stage—as anyone would do—and posted the pretty-decent footage to Facebook. You can check it out below.
One of the factors that led to Jason Newsted's departure from Metallica in January of 2001 was frontman James Hetfield's reluctance to allow his bass player to indulge in side projects during the band's downtime.
But it's also the year rock fans got to see a particularly extraordinary assemblage of iconic musicians on one stage. I'm talking about that special night when Metallica, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Joe Perry, Ronnie Wood, Flea—and some other bipeds—performed "Train Kept A-Rollin'" at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.