Metallica are no strangers to the Howard Stern Show, but the band returned to the SiriusXM studios yesterday for the first time in a few years to discuss their forthcoming album, Hardwired… To Self Destruct. In between their performance at the Global Citizen festival in New York’s Central Park on Saturday and their fan club-only show tonight at Webster Hall, the entire band stopped by the show. Not only did they give him a world premiere of the song “Moth Into Flame,” but they also played three songs live, including “Hardwired.”
They started off with “Master of Puppets,” which James Hetfield remembered playing in a “stinky little garage” in 1985.
Progressing chronologically, they next played “Sad But True” from 1991’s Black Album, with Lars stating that it was a direct reaction to the complex long songs on …And Justice For All
And for only the second time ever, they played Hardwired… To Self Destruct live on the show. While there isn’t any video of it, they did record the song. It will likely get it’s third performance at Webster Hall tonight, and if we were to guess, “Moth Into Flame” might get it’s live debut tonight as well.
Hardwired… To Self Destruct will be out on November 18th on the band’s own Blackened Recordings. It can be preordered here.