Metallica rang in 35 (!) years of the iconic Master Of Puppets with a Colbert performance of “Battery”. The classic thrash song still packs quite a punch despite the band being older and you can feel the emotion in the performance. The banner from the Damage Inc. tour made the moment even more resonant as a subtle tribute to Cliff and a reminder of everywhere we have been with this band. In 2015, Master of Puppets became the first metal recording to be selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
Kirk’s soloing on “Battery” on Colbert also really makes me wonder again how in the hell the decision was ever made to keep solos off St. Anger. Personally I find that worse than the snare.
There likely may never be another metal band to reach this band’s heights and we would do well to keep celebrating their impact.
— Matt Fox/Shai Hulud (@shaihulud) March 3, 2021
Happy 35th to a metal masterpiece @Metallica Master Of Puppets. I’m old enough to have seen the band since the very beginning, so this still seems like a more recent album to me haha. 35 years old? Crazy! Still sounds great though! pic.twitter.com/kpCscvf8ng
— Eddie Trunk (@EddieTrunk) March 3, 2021