Metallica did an awesome rendition of the national anthem in San Jose

Guitarists James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett from the heavy metal icons shredded ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ last night and even though the Sharks couldn’t pull out the win, they certainly had a nice introduction for the night.

The San Jose Sharks needed a boost in Game 4 and though they ended up losing to Pittsburgh 3-1, you can’t fault the anthem performers. Heavy metal icons James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett of Metallica performed “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and it was awesome.



That’s some good shredding. And here’s the thing: I don’t just rubber-stamp anything Metallica these days. I don’t own any of their stuff after the live box set, which I got for Christmas as a teenager, and I won’t listen to anything before the “Black Album,” (because I’m a snob, but shut up: I’m also right) and even then, it’s more sentimentality. The canon ends at “…And Justice for All.”

But Hetfield and Hammett’s harmonies on the anthem last night actually call back to “…Justice” and maybe that’s why I’m feeling it so much.

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And if you’re a boomer, shut up about Jimi Hendrix doing it better at Woodstock. Yes, Hendrix provided an iconic take on the anthem for that generation, but other generations have arrived since. We can have multiple guitar-based anthems and enjoy them in context.

It’s kinda wild to see Metallica at this age (“Fade to Grey,” amirite?), but pretty cool that they knocked out such a good rendition. I’m gonna go watch “Some Kind of Monster” again, because clearly Hammett was right about guitar solos…