Metallica has premiered an official live video for a rare acoustic performance of “The Four Horseman.” The track is from the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's upcoming live set Helping Hands … Live & Acoustic at the Masonic, which will drop Feb. 1 via Blackened Recordings.
The thrash metal giants unveiled the clip via Facebook on Jan. 7 ahead of the 2019 launch of their hugely successful WorldWired Tour on Jan. 18 in Tulsa, OK, at BOK Center. The upcoming “Helping Hands” live performance was originally recorded on Nov. 3, 2018 in San Francisco at Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium as part of a fundraiser event for The All Within My Hands Foundation.
Frontman James Hetfield opens the live version of “The Four Horseman” with a muted rhythm intro on acoustic guitar. The “Enter Sandman” hitmakers slow down the tempo substantially and give the song more of a country-rock feel than the studio version as Hetfield sings, “By the last breath of the fourth winds blow/Better raise your ears.”
Helping Hands … Live & Acoustic at the Masonic features Metallica performing a combination of hits, covers and live rarities.The 12-track set is available for preorder here in digital, as well as a limited-edition colored double-LP set. All sales from the album will benefit All Within My Hands Foundation. Check out Metallica's AWMH acoustic performance of “The Four Horsemen” above.
Prior to the WorldWired Tour's 2019 kick off, fans can catch the multi-platinum sellers on Jan. 16 in Los Angeles at The Forum among the star-studded line up slated for “I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell.” Grab your Metallica right here at AXS. For all the latest details on Metallica, click here.