James Hetfield and Kirk Hammet will play the American national anthem before tonight’s htird game of the NBA final series between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors at Oracle Arena in Oakland (the series is tied 1-1). Hammett told EPSN that that he feels the version of the national anthem he plays is “really unique and different,” and it’s great that he can play it for his home team and hometown audience. Metallica has always kept strong ties to the Bay Area sports scene: the band has also performed before San Francisco Giants baseball games and San Jose Sharks hockey games.
Look for James and Kirk to perform the National Anthem before tip off tomorrow as the @Warriors host the @Raptors for Game 3 of the #NBAFinals. The Canadian National Anthem will be performed by @TenilleArts. Tune in early to ABC in the U.S. and Sportsnet in Canada to watch! pic.twitter.com/sV3uCXcWr5
— Metallica (@Metallica) June 4, 2019