Metallica Plot Acoustic Live Album for Charity
â€˜Helping Hands â€¦ Live & Acoustic at the Masonicâ€™ features hits, deep cuts and cover songs
Earlier this month,Â MetallicaÂ played a rare acoustic benefit concert in San Francisco to raise money for their nonprofit All Within My Hands Foundation. They played a few hits that translated well to acoustic instruments (â€œUnforgiven,â€ â€œNothing Else Mattersâ€), reworked some classics to fit the format (â€œDisposable Heroesâ€) and attempted some unusual covers (Blue Ã–yster Cultâ€™s â€œVeteran of the Psychic Warsâ€ and Nazarethâ€™s â€œPlease Donâ€™t Judas Meâ€). In an effort to raise more money for the charity, whichÂ recently donated $100,000Â to relief efforts for fighting the California wildfires, theyâ€™re releasing the concert as an album.
The double-LP release,Â Helping Hands â€¦ Live & Acoustic at the Masonic, will officially come out on February 1st but, as part of Giving Tuesday, itâ€™sÂ available for preorderÂ now. It features two colored LPs on heavyweight 140-gram vinyl and a download card. All net proceeds go to the All Within My Hands Foundation. It will also be available at independent record stores and digitally next year.
The band launched the charity last year with an eye toward fighting hunger and strengthening communities with workforce education. The concert, which included an auction, helped raise $1.3 million for the cause, and the band will be distributing the money to theÂ Feeding Americaand theÂ American Association of Community Colleges. As the charity is self-managed and funded, 100 percent of donations go to other organizations that the Foundation supports.
The group is also offering a limited-edition etched glass, with artist Pusheadâ€™s imagery for their â€œOneâ€ single on it, as part of Giving Tuesday. All net proceeds go to the foundation.
Earlier this year, Metallica hosted a â€œDay of Service,â€ encouraging fans to pitch in at local food banks. Lars Ulrich wrote an essay forÂ Rolling StoneÂ about what he learned from the experience. â€œI met [Metallica fan] Robert Alvarez at the Metallica Day of Service event here at the San Franciscoâ€“Marin Food Bank,â€ he wrote. â€œHe told me about how two of the most important elements of his life collided that day. Heâ€™s been volunteering there for 13 years to take care of his immediate community and family members and on top of that has every single Metallica record and calls himself a hardcore fan.
â€œTo me, he exemplifies what this whole effort is about: giving our fans a music-based platform to connect with other members of their local community around volunteer work, giving back and sharing in the good fortune I mentioned earlier â€¦ the good fortune and incredible opportunities that most of us in the western world take for granted.â€
Helping Handsâ€¦Live & Acoustic at The MasonicÂ vinyl track list:
1. â€œDisposable Heroesâ€
2. â€œWhen A Blind Man Criesâ€
3. â€œThe Unforgivenâ€
1. â€œPlease Donâ€™t Judas Meâ€
2. â€œTurn the Pageâ€
1. â€œBleeding Meâ€
2. â€œVeteran of the Psychic Warsâ€
3. â€œNothing Else Mattersâ€
1. â€œAll Within My Handsâ€
2. â€œEnter Sandmanâ€
3. â€œThe Four Horsemenâ€