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The Mercury News: Metallica melts faces with scorching national anthem before Game 3

Jun 5, 2019

Metallica’s James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett rocked “The Star-Spangled Banner” in epic fashion before Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors at Oakland’s Oracle Arena. The two guitarists combined for a fiery, passionate instrumental version, pulling plenty of emotion out of every note. Hammett, one of the best Bay Area guitarists of all time, did most of the heavy lifting on the song, while Hetfield — who is also the band’s lead singer, although he didn’t sing a note tonight — provided colorful accents and underscored Hammett’s lead.

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