Playing in public for the first time with new bassist Rob Trujillo, Metallica ran through a fast and furious medley of songs at the “mtvICON” tribute concert for the veteran metal act Saturday in Los Angeles. The band played classics such as “Creeping Death” and “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)” before unveiling the speed-metal song “Frantic” from its upcoming Elektra album, “St. Anger.”
The performance capped a taping that lasted nearly three hours in a soundstage at Universal Studios. MTV will air an hour-and-a-half version of its third “mtvICON” event tomorrow (May 6) at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
The tribute kicked off with a Sum 41 medley that included “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “Enter Sandman.” Aaron Lewis and Mike Mushok of Staind performed a brief version of “Nothing Else Matters” on acoustic guitar, while Avril Lavigne and her band covered “Fuel.” Rapper Snoop Dogg took on “Sad But True,” Korn navigated through “One,” and Limp Bizkit played a rap-metal version of “Welcome Home (Sanitarium).”
The band’s two-decade career was documented between performances on two giant video screens. The film wasted no time probing Metallica’s troubled past, beginning with an examination of bassist Jason Newsted’s exit and singer James Hetfield’s rehab stint; conversely, the respective departure and death of original members Dave Mustaine and Cliff Burton were barely acknowledged.
Presenters included Rob Zombie, Lisa Marie Presley, Blink 182’s Travis Barker, Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, actress Shannon Elizabeth, comedian Jim Breuer, Michelle Branch, and actor Sean Penn.
— Dean Goodman, L.A.
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