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See Metallica Give “Hardwired” Its Live Debut at Minneapolis Show

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Metallica surprised fans last Thursday, August 18, by releasing “Hardwired,” the debut track from their forthcoming album, Hardwired…to Self-Destruct.

They offered yet another shocker on Saturday when they gave the song its live debut while performing at Minneapolis’ U.S. Bank Stadium. The track was performed during the encore.

Prior to the show, drummer Lars Ulrich revealed a few details about the song’s creation.

“That’s actually the last song we wrote for the record,” Ulrich told RollingStone.com. “We started this album by throwing different ideas around. The shape of it, as a collection of songs, didn’t come into focus until we were deep into it. At that point, the songs were getting tighter, shorter and leaner.

“A couple of months ago, we were sitting there taking stock of the record and thought maybe we should write one more fast, little crazy song, and that became ‘Hardwired.’ It just kind of happened. I think James [Hetfield] and I wrote and recorded it in less than a week, which, for us, is basically a nanosecond.”

Hardwired… to Self-Destruct comes out November 18.

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Christopher Scapelliti is editor-in-chief of Guitar Player magazine, the world’s longest-running guitar magazine, founded in 1967. In his extensive career, he has authored in-depth interviews with such guitarists as Pete Townshend, Slash, Billy Corgan, Jack White, Elvis Costello and Todd Rundgren, and audio professionals including Beatles engineers Geoff Emerick and Ken Scott. He is the co-author of Guitar Aficionado: The Collections: The Most Famous, Rare, and Valuable Guitars in the World, a founding editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine, and a former editor with Guitar WorldGuitar for the Practicing Musician and Maximum Guitar. Apart from guitars, he maintains a collection of more than 30 vintage analog synthesizers.