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Watch Metallica’s James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett Perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the N.B.A. Finals

James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett performed the “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Oracle Arena in Oakland on June 5. The Metallica guitarists took to the court prior to the Golden State Warriors’ home game against the Toronto Raptors for Game 3 of the N.B.A. Finals

You can check out footage of the performance above.

Recently, Hetfield and Hammett performed the National Anthem before the San Francisco Giants home game against the New York Yankees at Oracle Park in San Francisco on April 26. The rendition was part of the seventh annual "Metallica Night," an annual celebration of the Bay Area band hosted by the Giants. 

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.