We should have known that the apocalypse wouldn’t stop Metallica, but instead become a climate that they would thrive in. The epic act have returned to us in the form of a social media post sharing that they will be unveiling a Metallica live show every Monday to keep their performative energy alive while we endure this period of self-isolation.
“While we’re all doing our part and staying home”, they wrote, “we find ourselves missing live music, so how about we dive back into a few of our favorite shows at a socially responsible distance?” In pure Metallica fashion, they flagged concern about sounding “too cheesy”, adding that “now more than ever, we’re in this together, and staying connected is how we’ll get through it.”
#MetallicaMondays will kick off shortly at 8PM EDT (11am AEDT) with their performance at Slane Castle in June last year, with the promise of more iconic live sessions to follow. “Slane is just the beginning…tune in weekly for #MetallicaMondays to get a taste of live Metallica. We know…it’s not quite the same as the real deal, and trust us, we wish we could be out there with you again!”
Metallica joins a cohort of contemporaries that are also trying to make the most of the current viral outbreak that has sheltered us all in our homes. Finding creative ways to keep on keeping on, musicians like Underoath’s Aaron Gillespie have also wracked their brains to come up with ways to stay connected to their craft. In Gillespie’s case, the musician has launched an online store to share custom songs, drum tracks and handwritten lyrics. Elsewhere, Alkaline Trio released a surprise EP, All Time Low continue to make moves towards leaking their own album, and Code Orange melted faces from behind a screen with a streamed release show.