Tucked in a nondescript industrial tract north of San Francisco near San Pablo Bay, Metallica’s headquarters is an oasis for both thrash fanatics and gear heads of every stripe. The massive studio—dubbed HQ by the band—has been Metallica’s base of operations for writing, rehearsals, demoing and all-purpose hanging since late 2001. In a rare case of reality trumping fantasy, it is a place that exceeds expectations.
We already posted a fan-shot video of Metallica's first-ever performance of deep album cut "The Frayed Ends of Sanity," but now Metallica have released their own, professionally shot, clip of the performance.
Metallica's self-titled fifth album (commonly referred to as "The Black Album"), which was already the best-selling album since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991, has become the first album to sell more than 16 million units in SoundScan's history.
Last night (May 28), Metallica performed "The Frayed Ends of Sanity," a 1988 ...And Justice For All track, for the first time ever. You can check out some fan-filmed footage below. The show, which was part of the Metallica By Request series of gigs, took place at the Sonisphere Festival in Helsinki, Finland.