METALLICA offered a musical nod to Prince while stopping in Minneapolis, Minnesota last night (Tuesday, September 4) during its current North American tour.
As they've done in every city of the trek, bassist Robert Trujillo and lead guitarist Kirk Hammett played a stripped-down tribute to a local music act, and for yesterday's concert, they chose "When Doves Cry", which appeared on Prince's 1984 album "Purple Rain".
Hammett and Trujillo have a solo spot every night during METALLICA's current live show in which they get to play whatever they want. They previously played snippets of songs from OASIS, BLACK SABBATH, CELTIC FROST and UFO.
METALLICA's performance at the 19,000-capacity Target Center basketball arena marked the band's first appearance in Minneapolis since playing to thrice as many fans two years ago for one of the opening-weekend concerts at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Touring in support of its latest album, "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct", that arrived in November 2016, METALLICA launched the world tour in Latin America a month before the disc's release. In early 2017, prior to the North American stadium tour, the band made festival appearances and headlined concerts at venues in Asia, Europe and Latin America.
Although METALLICA played U.S. stadiums last summer, the band was mostly indoors for the first leg of its European tour last fall.