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Metallica's ESPN SportsCenter Commercial — Video

Since Mariano Rivera retired, the guys from Metallica don't have much to do ...

That's the premise of the hilarious new commercial for ESPN's SportsCenter featuring all four members of Metallica. In the 30-second clip, which you can check out below, the band are trying hard to stay busy since New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera called it quits last year.

Professional athletes and coaches keep turning down the band's offers for theme songs ... and Kirk Hammett resorts to offering guitar lessons to the SportsCenter staff.

"First lesson's free!"

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.