About The Night The Dead Covered Metallica

Earlier today a batch of additions were made to the lineup for Band Together Bay Area, a benefit concert for North Bay wildfire victims to be held at AT&T Park in San Francisco on November 9. Dead & Company was among the acts who will join Metallica at the home of the Giants. While Metallica and a band featuring members of the Grateful Dead seems like an odd fit, there was a time The Dead covered the legendary metal act.

In the Summer of 2004 The Dead embarked on a tour featuring Warren Haynes alongside Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart as well as Jimmy Herring and Jeff Chimenti. The Dead appeared at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York on August 13, 2004. After Warren opened the two-night stand with an acoustic set, The Dead delivered a performance that included 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:

[Portions written by Andy Kahn and originally published on April 6, 2016]

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