Metallica’s Hardwired North American tour made a stop at the famous Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. on Sunday night, and the metal icons knew it was only fitting to channel the city’s classic rock history with a cover of Van Halen’s “Runnin’ With The Devil.” As seen and heard in the fan-shot video above, as well as a pro-shot clip below, bassist Robert Trujillo kicked their version off with those pulsating opening notes before the rest of the band joined for about a minute. Hats off to James Hetfield for holding his own in an attempt to hit those David Lee Roth high notes as well.
They didn’t perform the entire song, as they would use the cover to transition into their own classic rock anthem with “Seek & Destroy.” It was a nice doff of the leather cap to their hard rock predecessors however, who helped establish the west coast hard rock sound in the early '70s in Pasadena. Metallica would start their own journey just a few years later right up the road in the San Francisco Bay area. Needless to say, west coast rock and roll runs deep in their veins.
Metallica will wrap up their North American run on Aug. 16, before taking a quick break and heading overseas for a huge European tour that will keep them on the road well into 2018. Tickets for select shows on their European run are on sale now, and can be purchased by clicking here.