"Snake Pit" footage of METALLICA's July 6 performance at the U.K. edition of the Sonisphere festival, which was held at Knebworth Park in Hertfordshire, can be seen below. The Snake Pit is a section carved out of the middle of the band's stage where fans can stand and watch the band perform above and around them. The Snake Pit was last used on METALLICA's 2012 summer tour, but has been around almost as long as METALLICA has been using "in-the-round" staging at arenas.
The band's setlist for the concert was as follows:
02. Master Of Puppets
03. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
04. Ride The Lightning
05. The Unforgiven
07. Lords Of Summer
08. Sad But True
09. Fade To Black
10. Creeping Death
12. For Whom The Bell Tolls
14. Nothing Else Matters
15. Enter Sandman
16. Whiskey In The Jar
17. ...And Justice For All
18. Seek & Destroy
As previously reported, METALLICA stars in the latest ESPN "This Is SportsCenter" ad. The clip, which debuted on July 14 during this year's All-Star Home Run Derby, plays off the idea that the band members don't know what to do with themselves since Yankees star reliever Mariano Rivera retired last season and took his "Enter Sandman" entrance music with him — so the band begins a desperate search for something else to do.
Drummer Lars Ulrich said, "Sometimes it can be quite freeing to put yourself at the mercy of others. ESPN's commercials have a tendency to be hilarious. We were like, 'That sounds like a good time.' The whole thing had an overriding impulsivity to it."
The long-running series of comical "This Is SportsCenter" ads promote ESPN's "SportsCenter" sports news show.
The commercials, which debuted in 1994, are presented in a deadpan mockumentary style, lampooning various aspects of sports and sports broadcasting.
After completing a recent European festival run, METALLICA has just one show on its calendar for the rest of 2014, at the Heavy MTL festival in Montreal on August 9.
The band is slated to enter the studio and begin recording its 10th studio album this fall.