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Metallica's James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett Play National Anthem at X Games — Video

You never know where Metallica's James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett will turn up.

On Saturday, they performed the National Anthem—also known as "The Star-Spangled Banner"—to kick off the X Games in Austin, Texas.

The full band also performed at the X Games later that day, co-headlining the Super Stage alongside Nicki Minaj (of course). The lineup also featured Talib Kweli, Kid Ink, Pennywise, Deltron 3030, Joywave and the Glitch Mob.

A professionally mixed recording of that show is available for pre-order at Metallica's website and will cost $5 through July 15. Audio will be posted in the next few days (we'll keep you updated); all proceeds will benefit efforts to assist victims of the recent floods in Central Texas.


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.