Watch Metallica Play 'Star-Spangled Banner' Before Game 5 of the NBA Finals

Metallica Live at New York's Apollo Theater, Sept. 21, 2013.
Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for SiriusXM

Metallica performs for SiriusXM listeners at The Apollo Theater on September 21, 2013 in New York City.

Metallica are proven big-game players, with a taste for rocking arenas… and sometimes sporting contests. So the veteran metal band’s James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett were in their element when they took center stage to play the national anthem Sunday night ahead of game 5 of the NBA Finals.

Hetfield and Hammett wielded their axes for a rendition of the "Star-Spangled Banner" before LeBron James, Steph Curry and co. lit up the Golden State Warriors’ game against the traveling Cleveland Cavaliers. 

Metallica has a habit of showing up to entertain sports fans in California. They performed on ice during a break in the game pitting the hometown San Jose Sharks against their NHL rivals the L.A. Kings back in January, and in May they performed the anthem as the San Francisco Giants took on the Los Angeles Angels.

Watch Carlos Santana and Cindy Blackman Play the National Anthem Before NBA Finals Game

The NBA Finals series has been a ratings heavyweight thus far, and some of the biggest names in music have taken national anthem duties, including Usher and the husband-and-wife duo of Carlos Santana and Cindy Blackman

For the record, the Warriors lead the best-of-seven series 3-2 after winning the most recent game 104-91. 


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