Metallica share live version of The Unforgiven featuring an injured James Hetfield wrapped in bandages

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Latest in the line of releases to celebrate Metallica’s 30th anniversary of The Black Album is a remastered version of The Unforgiven. The song is set to appear on the band’s epic expanded boxset, and was recorded live at Aggie Memorial Stadium in Las Cruces, NM on August 27, 1992.

Featuring guitar tech John Marshall taking over from James Hetfield on rhythm guitar duties due to an unfortunate pyrotechnic accident a couple weeks prior, the rendition feels dramatically more exposed than the original – and significantly less impactful. However, it’s somewhat incredible to watch such an unpolished, raw performance, echoed by the vulnerability of Hetfield’s arms plastered in bandages. 


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