Metallica covered Iron Maiden’s seminal 1981 song 'Killers' during their show at London’s Twickenham Stadium last night (Thursday 20th June).
Midway through the set at each Metallica show, guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo break into a ‘doodle’ where they cover a song local to that particular city.
After covering The Stone Roses’ ‘I Wanna Be Adored’ at Manchester Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, last night Hammett and Trujillo turned their attention to Leyton’s prodigal sons, Iron Maiden, and covered the Paul Di'Anno/Steve Harris penned classic ‘Killers’.
With Trujillo and Hammett sharing vocal duties for the cover, the doodle then morphed into stripped back versions of Metallica’s ‘ManUNKind’ & ‘Orion’.
Check out footage of the cover, filmed from the front row of Twickenham Stadium, right here:
Here's the original version of 'Killers':
The UK arena leg of the WorldWired Tour in autumn 2017 saw Hammett and Trujillo cover The Clash’s ‘London Calling’, Led Zeppelin’s ‘Immigrant Song’, Iron Maiden’s ‘Phantom of the Opera’, Motörhead’s ‘Ace of Spades’, Nazareth’s ‘Hair of the Dog’, Oasis’ ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ and Joy Division’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ during the light-hearted doodles segments in London, Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester.
At Slane Castle earlier this month, Metallica treated the audience to a full band version of ‘Whiskey in the Jar’, which they dedicated to the late-great Phil Lynott.
As well as playing two triumphant shows this week, Metallica have handed over sizable cheques to three charities via their All Within My Hands Foundation.
Before their Manchester Etihad Stadium gig, the band gifted £40,000 to homeless charity Coffee4Craig and they also invited 20 rough sleepers to the show.
Last night at London Twickenham Stadium they gave £24,000 to two charities fighting hunger in London – City Harvest London and Magic Breakfast.
Metallica’s setlist at London Twickenham Stadium was as follows:
The Memory Remains
Ride the Lightning
Harvester of Sorrow
Here Comes Revenge
Moth Into Flame
Sad but True
No Leaf Clover
(Kirk & Rob's solos incl. 'Killers', 'ManUNkind' & 'Orion’)
Master of Puppets
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Seek & Destroy
Lords of Summer
Nothing Else Matters
Papa Het rocks Twickenham Stadium © Getty