Watch Metallica’s James Hetfield cover Eddie Money in first performance since rehab

Last year, Metallica postponed their Australian and New Zealand tour so that frontman James Hetfield could attend rehab.

Now he’s returned to the stage for the first time for a surprise performance in tribute to Eddie Money.

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Metallica’s James Hetfield has appeared for a surprise solo tribute to late singer Eddie Money in his first performance since rehab.

The performance was part of a tribute concert which took place last week at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills. The night saw performances from the likes of Sammy Hagar, George Thorogood, John Waite, Mickey Thomas of Starship, Kevin Cronin and Dave Amato of REO Speedwagon, Tommy Tutone, Greg Kihn, and Waddy Wachtel. All profits went to the USC Eddie Money Cancer Research Fund.

Hetfield hadn’t been announced on the lineup, however, he and Money were friends. Taking to the stage, he played a cover of Money’s 1978 hit, Baby Hold On, on acoustic guitar. Hetfield had also posted a tribute to the singer following his death in September.

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Eddie Money died of esophageal cancer last year. An acclaimed American rock singer and songwriter, he saw success in the 70s and 80s, with numerous hits including Baby Hold On, Two Tickets to Paradise, Think I’m in Love, Shakin’, Take Me Home Tonight, and more.

Watch Hetfield’s tribute below.

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