Watch Billy Strings play Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin classics at his fantastical Lord of the Rings-inspired Halloween gig

Billy Strings
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We thought James Hetfield won Halloween this year with his Stranger Things Eddie Munson-inspired getup, but bluegrass phenom Billy Strings may have taken the Metallica leader’s crown with his three-night Lord of the Rings-inspired North Carolina residency, which culminated earlier this week on October 31.

Strings and his backing band performed for three nights in a row from October 29 at Harrah’s Cherokee Center in downtown Asheville, North Carolina, dressed as characters from Peter Jackson’s fantasy film series in shows dubbed “Away from the Shire”.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.