Happy Birthday Warren Haynes: Covering Metallica With The Dead

Hardworking guitarist Warren Haynes turns 56 years old today. Known best for his work with The Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule, Phil Lesh & Friends and his solo efforts – including his recently formed Ashes & Dust Band featuring drummer Jeff Sipe and ChessBoxer – Warren has long been a well-respected force on the jam rock scene. For his 56th today, here’s a look back at another project Haynes has been part of, from a 2004 Summer Tour performance by The Dead.

Featuring Haynes alongside Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart as well as Jimmy Herring and Jeff Chimenti, the ensemble of talented veterans appeared together at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York on August 13, 2004. After performing an acoustic opening set to start the two night stand at Jones Beach, Warren joined The Dead for a two set show that saw such Grateful Dead classics as “The Wheel,” “Uncle John’s Band” and the second set opening “Help On The Way” > “Slipknot!” > “Shakedown Street” sequence.

After “Shakedown,” Haynes stepped up to lead the band through their debut performance of Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters.” The lone rendition of the cover is captured in the clip posted by bobaji below, followed by a full show recording (taped by Steve Traietta) from Jones Beach, give it a listen:

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