METALLICA Pays Homage To 'Pasadena Boys'

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July 30, 2017 at 11:06 pm Quote #56938


METALLICA Pays Homage To ‘Pasadena Boys’ VAN HALEN With ‘Runnin’ With The Devil’ Cover (Video)
July 30, 2017

METALLICA performed an abbreviated cover version of VAN HALEN’s classic song “Runnin’ With The Devil” Saturday night (July 29) at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The one-minute nod to the hometown band saw METALLICA frontman James Hetfield attempting to replicate those iconic David Lee Roth screams, much to the delight of the packed stadium. “That’s all I can sing,” he proclaimed to the crowd after the impromptu rendition ended. “That’s a little homage to the Pasadena boys,” he continued. “Sorry you had to put up with that. METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett then launched into the opening riff of “You Really Got Me”, with Hetfield adding, “That wasn’t too bad. That was kind of fun.”

METALLICA’s professionally filmed footage of the “Runnin’ With The Devil” cover, along with a fan-filmed clip, can be seen below.

A few years back, Hetfield and METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo spoke about the impact VAN HALEN had on them when they were teenagers in Southern California.

“I remember hearing on some radio station that VAN HALEN’s [first] album was coming out,” Hetfield recalled. “[I was like], ‘Whoa! What is that? It’s crunchy.’ That really made my hair stand up. Back when I was growing up, VAN HALEN was the heaviest we had in California.” Trujillo added: “I remember hearing ['Eruption'] blasting and thinking, ‘What is that?!’”

METALLICA and VAN HALEN toured the U.S. together in 1988 as part of the “Monsters Of Rock” package, also featuring SCORPIONS, DOKKEN and KINGDOM COME. Hetfield later said about the trek: “That whole ‘Monsters Of Rock’ tour was a big fog for me. Those were my J√§germeister days. It was bad coming back to some of those towns later, because there were a lot of dads and moms and husbands and boyfriends looking for me. Not good. People were hating me, and I didn’t know why…”

July 31, 2017 at 3:42 pm Quote #56942


Not so bad

July 31, 2017 at 10:30 pm Quote #56945


Would love to trade for a copy of this show if anyone has it


August 1, 2017 at 2:40 am Quote #56946


I was at the show.Was pretty awesome when they busted it out.I was on the GA floor and the crowd was massive 60,000 plus and the crowd went crazy for this and were totally singing the chorus even louder then some of the Metallica songs.

August 5, 2017 at 3:37 pm Quote #56991


Hard to believe Kirk can’t play this song correctly.

I wonder if James was actually hurting his throat, or was he was just pretending? He did sound pretty good.

The poor folks play for keeps down here…They’re the living dead. Nobody rules these streets at night like Van Halen!!

August 6, 2017 at 12:15 am Quote #56993


jroundy: I wonder if James was actually hurting his throat, or was he was just pretending? He did sound pretty good.

My personal conspiracy theory is that he didn’t like the fact that RWTD was getting a better audience reaction than his own stuff, so he stopped it short.



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