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If You Missed Metallica’s National Anthem At The NBA Finals, Here’s Your Chance To Watch


You don’t usually associate the national anthem with hard rock, but like Jimi Hendrix before them, James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett of Metallica put a rock ‘n’ roll spin on “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the NBA finals on June 5 that really brought down the house.

The performance was pretty epic, and the crowd was pretty impressed with it, too. In case you did not get a chance to catch it live, you can watch the guitar-heavy rendition of the anthem in a video posted to Twitter by the band.

“Please rise…,” they captioned the video along with an American flag emoji.


Lead guitarist Hammett is from San Francisco, and members of the band often show up at sporting events around the Bay Area, so it was no surprise that the rockers would choose to perform at the Oakland, California-based Golden State Warriors championship game vs. the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors beat the Warriors, 123 to 109.

The band plays an annual Metallica Night at a San Francisco Giants baseball game, which took place this year on April 26. In addition to playing the national anthem, drummer Lars Ulrich threw out the first pitch.

Check out their Giants-themed gear for the event, which they posted in a picture on Instagram:

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“We are fortunate enough to live in the Bay area and hook up with the Giants,” Hetfield told Live 105 in 2015. “They are a bunch of local boys doing good and we are hopefully in the same department as that. It’s basically a fun night. Local people. Local music.”

It’s so cool that these guys have so much hometown pride! Rock on!