The story behind the fake Metallica track that fooled the world

Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield of Metallica during Rock In Rio Lisboa - Day 4 at Belavista Park in Lisbon, Belavista Park, Portugal.
(Image credit: Alfredo Rocha/WireImage)

Back in March 2002, Total Guitar printed an edition of the magazine featuring James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett on the cover – though between album cycles, Metallica were a big deal back then, just as they are today.

Emblazoned across the cover were the words: ‘Play Like Hammett & Hetfield’ – a coverline referring to a lesson written by fresh-faced TG tutor, Steve Allsworth, who had created a four-minute instrumental track in the style of the band entitled Apocalypse Dawn and tabbed it out for readers to learn. 

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