Metallica has been celebrating the 30th anniversary of their classic 1988 studio album ...And Justice for All in 2018. Along with releasing a remastered and expanded reissue of their breakthrough fourth album on Nov. 2, the thrash metal giants have also been dusting off tracks from the album during their hugely successful WorldWired Tour, including live rarities like “The Shortest Straw.”
The nine-time Grammy winners performed the song for the first time on their current North America tour leg on Dec. 7 in Sacramento, California, at Golden1 Center and unveiled hi-def footage via a Facebook update on Dec. 12. The “Enter Sandman” hitmakers have only performed “The Shortest Straw” three times on the current tour in 2018.
Metallica broke out the lesser-played gem early in the set. Frontman James Hetfield teases the crowd with a truncated version of the main riff before drummer Lars Ulrich counts in the band and sets the song's rapid-fire tempo as Hetfield sings, “Suspicion is your name/Your honesty to blame/Put dignity to shame/Dishonor.”
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Metallica wrapped up their 2018 touring year on Dec. 8 in Fresno, California. The multi-platinum sellers will be back in action among the star-studded artists slated to appear at “I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell” on Jan. 16 in Los Angeles at The Forum and will continue their current North American tour on Jan. 18 in Tulsa, OK, at BOK Center. Grab your Metallica tickets now on AXS. For all the latest details on Metallica, click here.