James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett debut new ESP and Gibson guitars at first show of M72 world tour

James Hetfield of Metallica and Robert Trujillo of Metallica performs live on stage during a concert of the Metallica M72 World Tour at the Johan Cruijff ArenA on April 27, 2023 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
(Image credit: Ashley Ooms/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

Metallica played the first night of their M72 world tour in support of new album 72 Seasons last night (April 27), and the show at Amsterdam’s Johan Cruijff Arena played host to a number of surprises.

First was the set’s shock opener: Master of Puppets instrumental Orion, which hadn’t been performed live in over 12 years. The deep cut also marked the debut appearance of Kirk Hammett’s latest vintage guitar acquisition: his Factory Black ’59 Les Paul Standard, acquired last month from Carter Vintage Guitars.

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Michael Astley-Brown
Editor-in-Chief, GuitarWorld.com

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.