Jason Newsted, Apocalyptica, Diamond Head Join Metallica for First 30th Anniversary Show

We reported earlier that Metallica played a previously-unheard track from the Death Magnetic sessions titled "Hate Train" last night at the first show of their 30th anniversary celebration. As promised, the band had even more surprises in store for the fan club members in attendance for the first of a four-night run of shows in San Francisco.

Among the familiar faces on stage was longtime Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, who joined the band for a rendition of "Harvester of Sorrow" from ...And Justice for All.

And speaking of the past, some of Metallica's influences were also on hand as well, including Saxon's Biff Byford, who joined the band for "Motorcycle Man" as well as Sean Harris and Brian Tatler of Diamond Head. The pair played four total tracks with Metallica: "The Prince, " "Helpless," "It's Electric" and "Am I Evil?"

Finland's Apocalyptica added some furious cello playing to "One" and "No Leaf Clover," a track rarely played since S&M.

Also on hand was Metal Church's John Marshall -- a former Metallica guitar tech who filled in for James after his unfortunate run in with some pyro in August of 1992 -- who joined Metallica for "Sad But True."

While Metallica are keeping things quiet about future guests for their 30th anniversary celebration, Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy Kilmister are two names being floated around as likely to appear.

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Josh Hart

Josh Hart is a former web producer and staff writer for Guitar World and Guitar Aficionado magazines (2010–2012). He has since pursued writing fiction under various pseudonyms while exploring the technical underpinnings of journalism, now serving as a senior software engineer for The Seattle Times.