METALLICA played a special intimate club show this past Tuesday night (November 29) at the Opera House in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The band, which just released its tenth studio album, "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct", donated the proceeds of its show at the 950-person venue to the Daily Bread Food Bank. The quartet also asked its fans to bring non-perishable food items, which were dropped off at the door.
Tickets, which were $25 for members of the band's fan club and $100 for the general public, sold out in minutes last week.
Benita Aalto, a spokesperson for Daily Bread, told CBC Toronto that the charity had no advance notice of METALLICA's plans but was thrilled when the news broke last week.
"This was a delightful surprise," she said.
According to TheStar.com, the Toronto concert saw METALLICA frontman James Hetfield playing the opening arpeggios to "Fade To Black" again "when the rattle of machine-gun fire on the PA signalled to everyone else in the room that 'One' was about to happen, a flub he good-naturedly acknowledged by reprising the intro yet again when the band returned to the stage for its encore."
"That song's so good, I just wanted to play it twice, you know?" he quipped.
"Hardwired… To Self-Destruct" debuted as expected at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 album chart on Sunday night (November 27), selling 291,000 copies in its first week of release. Both of the band's previous outings, 2008's "Death Magnetic" and 2003's "St. Anger", sold more copies in shortened sales weeks. "Death Magnetic" moved 490,000 copies in a three-day window, while "St. Anger" shifted 418,000 copies in a similar frame.