Metallica brought metal music to the NBA Finals on Sunday night when James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett performed the national anthem before the game. The Bay Area-based band announced Friday that they would play the “Star-Spangled Banner” before Game 5 of the series between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Caveliers.
“We’re incredibly lucky to have another winning team here in the Bay Area as the Golden State Warriors took the NBA Western Conference title and are facing the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals!” the band wrote on its website. “By now we’re guessing that you’ve noticed that we like to support our home sports teams, so to continue in that tradition James and Kirk will be on hand at Game 5 on Sunday, June 14. They’ll be performing the National Anthem before the game as the Warriors resume their quest for the title back at home at Oracle Arena in Oakland that night.”
By now, Hetfield and Hammett are pros at their version of the “Star-Spangled Banner,” which includes electric guitar riffs and minimal thrashing. They recently performed the anthem at the San Francisco Giants’ “Metallica Day“ and at the opening of the X Games in Austin, Texas earlier this month. Rock on, America.