Robert Trujillo and Kirk Hammett played a cover version of the CELTIC FROST song "The Usurper" during METALLICA's May 10 concert at Letzigrund Stadion in Zurich, Switzerland. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below.
"The Usurper" was part of the fun and unusual feature METALLICA added to its shows on the band's recent tours: at each stop, Hammett and Trujillo have been covering songs from some of their musical heroes — often choosing songs that are far removed from the band's traditional metal sound. The "doodles," as the band refers to them in their setlists, have been showing up right before Trujillo's solo on "(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth". The songs are pared-down interpretations — just bass and guitar and sometimes Trujillo singing in front of music stands.
Trujillo and Hammett previously paid tribute to late CELTIC FROST bassist Martin Eric Ain during METALLICA's April 11, 2018 concert at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland. They performed the Swiss extreme metal pioneers' classic song "Procreation Of The Wicked", featured on 1984's "Morbid Tales" album.
Ain died in October 2017 after suffering a heart attack at the age of 50.
METALLICA kicked off the spring/summer 2019 European leg of its "Worldwired" tour on May 1 at the Estádio Do Restelo in Lisbon, Portugal.
"WorldWired" has played more than 130 shows across the world since its 2016 kick-off.
METALLICA is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct", which debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 album chart, selling 291,000 copies in its first week of release.