After 30 years, Metallica still know how to throw a party. For four nights, the metal legends rocked San Francisco's Fillmore, inviting friends and collaborators, as well as hundreds of prize-winning fans. There were video tributes by U2 and Slipknot, jams with a New Orleans brass brand, and the premiere of unreleased studio recordings. The band didn't just fly in their most recent musical partner, Lou Reed – they brought in everyone from Glenn Danzig to Apocalyptica, as well as members of Judas Priest, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Saxon and Alice in Chains. When they played Iron Man and Paranoid on Saturday night, it was with one half of Black Sabbath – Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler.
But the most touching team-ups were with former members. Fans were thrilled by the Wednesday night appearance of bassist Jason Newsted, who played with Metallica from 1986 to 2001. "[He is] someone who lived with us, and toured with us and did stuff with us for 14 years," James Hetfield said from the stage. On Saturday night, the biggest surprise was Mustaine, fired from Metallica in 1983. Although the band had already reconciled with the Megadeth frontman, almost three decades had passed since he and his former bandmates played Hit the Lights.
Formed in 1981, Metallica are one of the biggest bands of all time, sellling more than 100m albums.