During Metallica‘s four-song acoustic set at a music benefit concert in Los Angeles last night, the metal giants delighted the audience with their versatility, delivering four covers, including songs by The Beatles, Ozzy Osbourne and Deep Purple.
The tenth annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit was held in Los Angeles last night, where Ozzy Osbourne and the Village CEO Jeff Greenberg were honoured for their sobriety and for their ongoing commitment to helping other addicts.
“I know firsthand about the ravages of addiction and I also know that the MusiCares MAP Fund is a vital safety net for people in the music industry who need help with substance abuse,” said Osbourne. “This organisation literally saves lives.”
The night saw performances from Osbourne, Beth Hart, Keb Mo, Slash and an intimate unplugged set by Metallica. Their four-song acoustic set began with Rare Earth’s I Just Want to Celebrate before the thrash legends dove into When a Blind Man Cries by Deep Purple. Rounding off the performance, Metallica concluded by covering the Beatles’ In My Life and Ozzy Osbourne’s Diary of a Madman.
Metallica frontman James Hetfield, who himself got sober in 2001 and was honoured by MusiCares in 2006, appeared moved by the evening’s events. “Music does care,” he said, following the band’s tender cover of the Beatles standard. “I am grateful for music and grateful for everyone who comes out and supports music.” Watch fan-shot footage of the covers below.
Watch: Metallica In My Life, The Beatles Cover
Watch: Metallica Diary of a Madman, Ozzy Osbourne Cover
Watch: Metallica I Just Want to Celebrate, Rare Earth Cover
Watch: Metallica When a Blind Man Cries , Deep Purple Cover