‘Guilty as Charged': Metallica Release Live Video of ‘Ride the Lightning’ at Boston Calling
On June 8, Metallica unveiled the first official live video from their recent Boston Calling performance, and 24 hours later, they've shared another one. Fans can watch Metallica's crushing performance of "Ride the Lightning" in the video below.
Watch Metallica Perform "Ride the Lightning" Live in Boston
The titletrack for 1984's Ride the Lightning was the second song of the night at the Harvard Athletic Complex, coming right after "Whiplash" and before "The Memory Remains." The Boston Calling performance marked the 383rd time Metallica played the song live. The first time Metallica pulled it out onstage was on Oct. 31, 1983, at the Keystone in Palo Alto, Calif., a show that also featured the live debut of "Creeping Death."
Boston Calling was Metallica's first show in Boston in five years and it was a night full of intense performances of classic tracks from the band's career. While there were many highlights throughout the night—including the "Ride the Lightning" performance—two unforgettable moments came during James Hetfield's vulnerable speech in the middle of "Fade to Black" and Kirk Hammett's hilarious flub at the beginning of "Nothing Else Matters."
Metallica are preparing to head overseas for a run of dates all over Europe, starting with the Copenhell festival on June 15 and wrapping up on July 8 in Lisbon, Portugal. Following that, they will return to the states for a headlining performance at Lollapalooza in Chicago and two stadium dates in August. You can follow along with their worldwide touring adventures here.