Metallica's James Hetfield Covers Eddie Money in First Performance Since Rehab

The singer was a part of a benefit concert in Beverly Hills

February 21, 2020

James Hetfield of Metallica has returned for his first performance since entering rehab in September. On Thursday night the singer was a part of a benefit show called A Star-Studded Tribute to Eddie Money, celebrating the “Two Tickets to Paradise” singer who passed away last year.

Artists including Sammy Hagar, Rick Springfield, George Thorogood, and John Waite gathered in Beverly Hills to pay tribute to Eddie Money, and Hetfield joined as a surprise to share his story of spending time with the singer and to offer up a cover of “Baby Hold On.”

“So I got to hang out with Eddie the last probably three years of his life. I saw the cleaned-up version of Eddie,” Hetfield explained. “I remember meeting him at a Raiders game, and he had to go out there and sing the National Anthem. I met him before he went out there, and he kinda blew me off. I thought, ‘Who is this pompous a**?’ And if you spot it, you’ve got it, is what I’m saying.”

“So it was like two big dogs going in a circle around each other, which was kind of funny. I saw through it. I saw through that ego, and he saw through mine, and we got to be friends, because I think our egos matched the size or our insecurities.”

In September, Metallica was forced to cancel shows in Australia and New Zealand, as Hetfield decided to return to rehab. “As most of you probably know, our brother James has been struggling with addiction on and off for many years,” the band wrote in a thread of tweets. “He has now, unfortunately, had to re-enter a treatment program to work on his recovery again.”

Hetfield made his first appearance in public last month at an exhibit celebrating his collection of custom cars.

Money passed away in September after a battle with cancer. He was 70 years old.

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