Metallica played a rare acoustic show this past Saturday (November 3rd) at the Masonic in San Francisco. The evening, dubbed the “All Within My Hands Foundation Helping Hands Concert And Auction,” celebrated the first full year of Metallica's All Within My Hands non-profit foundation, which was launched in 2017 to help creating sustainable communities by tackling the issues of hunger and workforce education and encouraging volunteerism.

In addition to acoustic versions of some classic Metallica songs like “Disposable Heroes,” “The Unforgiven,” “Nothing Else Matters” and “Enter Sandman,” the band covered Deep Purple's “When A Blind Man Cries,” Nazareth's “Please Don't Judas Me,” Blue Oyster Cult's “Veteran Of The Psychic Wars” and Bob Seger's “Turn The Page.”

Band members James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Robert Trujillo and Lars Ulrich were joined by a quartet of backing musicians who provided additional percussion, keyboards, strings and vocal harmony.

Ulrich told us that even after years of playing arenas and stadiums, Metallica still enjoys doing intimate shows: “Playing small places are always fun. Any time you have a small place and you've got a lot of energy and a good vibe in a small place it's always fun 'cause the energy's contained. And obviously we spend a lot of time playing outdoors, and outdoors, it's great. But the energy kind of goes to the stars, you know. When you're playing small places and the energy's contained, it's pretty awesome.”

Along with unplugged performances from Metallica and opening act Cage The Elephant, the night offered attendees an opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind auction items.

Metallica is on a break for the next three weeks but will resume its current North American tour on November 26th in Las Vegas.

Source: Pulse of Radio