Game 3 of the NBA Finals at Oakland’s Oracle Arena was the place to be on Wednesday night, and Metallica’s James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett were in the thick of it.
The veteran rockers plugged in to perform a dueling-axes version of the National Anthem prior to tip off, with Hammett taking the lead.
Hetfield and Hammett are Bay Area locals, and they brought some much needed grunt and muscle to the defending champion Golden State Warriors, who are banged up and played without injured superstars Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson and reserve center Kevon Looney.
It’s not the first time Metallica have warmed up a pro sports game. They’re regulars at Warriors games, on the ice for NHL fixtures (they support San Jose Sharks) and they’ve rocked “The Star-Spangled Banner” for San Francisco Giants’ contests at Oracle Park.
The best-of-seven NBA Finals series was locked at one game apiece heading in to Game 3.