As we all continue to practice social distancing, bands are finding new ways to bring the live experience to fans hunkered down in their homes. Metallica is letting fans stream an archived concert every week during the COVID-19 crisis, starting with 2019’s Slane Castle concert.
Every Monday, for what the band has dubbed #MetallicaMondays, the San Francisco-based foursome will post a concert on their YouTube page, which will also be available on the group’s Facebook page. Beginning at 8 p.m. EST, the first concert streamed was from June 8, 2019 at Slane Castle in Ireland, an almost two and a half hour setlist as part of the Slane Festival. It included such classics as Ride The Lightning, Creeping Death and The Unforgiven as well as some of the band’s most recent hits including the delightfully metal Spit Out The Bone. Accompanying the video was a message from the band, encouraging fans to hang in there and stay connected during these bizarre times:
“While we’re all doing our part and staying home, we find ourselves missing live music, so how about we dive back into a few of our favorite shows at a socially responsible distance? Not to sound too cheesy, but now more than ever, we’re in this together, and staying connected is how we’ll get through it. With that in mind, we’re bringing a series of Live Metallica shows right to your couch!”
Besides the message on social media, Metallica offered fans an update on its website, with a blog titled Update From The Bunker, explaining how they’ve been dealing with quarantine and what lies ahead in the upcoming months – when the dust hopefully settles and normality returns. No word on the next archived concert stream. You can check out the YouTube stream of the Slane Castle performance here: