Metallica Honor Those “For Whom The Bell Tolls” And Steal The Show At The Concert For Valor

On a night that honored those who served their country in the United States Military, Metallica showed why they are the biggest heavy metal band in the world. Introduced by metal loving comedian Jack Black as “a favorite of our troops,” and surrounded on stage by servicemen and women, the band’s appearance at The Concert For Valor had the same emotional impact as The Who’s performance at The Concert for New York City following the September 11th attacks. Opening with “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” which sings about the sacrifices made and horrors faced by veterans of war, the song clearly resonated with the many military personal in the crowd. A deafening cheer greeted the intro to the thrash metal epic “Master Of Puppets.” The song is the title track of their landmark 1986 album which featured an illustration of military tombstones attached by strings to a nefarious set of disembodied hands on its cover, a clear allusion to the fact that soldiers die thanks to the machinations of politicians. Singer James Hetfield said “We finally get to play for our heroes” before the band launched into their breakthrough hit “Enter Sandman,” which capped their brief three-song set and ended with chants of “U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!”

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