Metallica Demonstrates Precisely Why Their Live Shows Kick Ass On ‘Jimmy Kimmel’

Regardless of how you feel about the work they’ve done in this century, watching Metallica perform live still rules pretty hard. They don’t crank out the thrash classics that made them legends anymore — though if you ignore the cornball lyrics and squint your ears a little bit, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct comes pretty close — but these old dudes haven’t forgotten how to absolutely murder a crowd. And they proved it when they played Jimmy Kimmel Live! on December 14.

The band played their massive Hardwired track “Atlas, Rise!” before treating the gathered fans to their iconic Ride The Lightning song “For Whom The Bell Tolls.” Check out the former up top and the latter below.

Once inside the building the band held forth on a lot of different topics, from getting back into recording music to the fact that their kids absolutely don’t care that they’re in Metallica.

The band also discuss the birth of their iconic logo, tattooed on countless numbers of their fellow dads across the land.

If those Metallica songs featured a little too much shredding before noon, don’t miss the all-toy-instrument version of “Enter Sandman” that they performed alongside Jimmy Fallon and The Roots earlier in the month.