Several photos of Ozzy Osbourne (BLACK SABBATH) and Ray Davies (THE KINKS) rehearsing with METALLICA on Thursday (October 29) at SIR Studios in New York for tonight's Rock And Roll Hall of Fame 25th anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden can be found below. Also scheduled to perform with METALLICA at the show is Lou Reed.
On Monday (October 26), METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett spoke with ExploreMusic about the band's appearance at the second of two concerts in New York City celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. He said, "The people behind the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame were so impressed by our induction and our attitude toward the induction and all the good, positive things we had to say about the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame that they actually asked us back to participate in this benefit . . . We're gonna be playing with Ray Davies — we're gonna be playing 'You Really Got Me' with him; we're gonna be playing with Lou Reed, we're gonna be playing a Lou Reed song; and then we're gonna be playing with Ozzy, we're gonna be playing a BLACK SABBATH song. And it should be a lot of fun."
METALLICA was inducted into the Hall of Fame this past April.
Tonight's show will also feature U2, BECK, BUDDY GUY, ARETHA FRANKLIN, ANNIE LENNOX, LENNY KRAVITZ and JERRY LEE LEWIS.
Guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield explained that when METALLICA was inducted into the Rock Hall earlier this year, they bypassed all the politics that most bands usually get mired in: "Rock And Roll Hall of Fame was always so notorious for the drama and the 'oh, he's out of the band, and he's not showing up 'cause of this and that' and all that crap. And we didn't want that. So we invited everyone and everybody, and whoever showed up, it was up to them."
Highlights of both nights' Madison Square Garden concerts will be part of a four-hour broadcast next month on HBO.