Metallica Cover American Idiot, Green Day Scrap Tour

Metallica pay tribute to fellow rockers, dedicate their song 'Battery' to Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong.

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Metallica and Green Day might share a Californian heritage, but that aside, musical similarities between the two groups often seem few and far between. So it comes as some surprise then, to hear Metallica's rendition of Green Day's 2004 signature single American Idiot. Metallica, who had replaced Green Day at the Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans, made several references to the pop-punk act during their performance, even dedicating the track Battery to Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong. Towards the end of their set, the band played the first minute or so of American Idiot, before stopping because they couldn't remember the rest of the song.

Metallica front man James Hetfield prefaced the performance with the following: "You're hoping Green Day are going to show up, right? So am I. They're getting help. They're getting it sorted out. The world needs them."

Metallica's tribute comes as Green Day cancel or postpone all of their scheduled tour dates up until February 2013 because of Billie Joe Armstrong's continuing rehab. It had previously been speculated that the singer could still be receiving treatment into next year. Full details of the dates affected can be found here.

In a statement regarding the cancelations, bassist Mike Dirnt had the following to say: "Obviously the timing for this isn't ideal, but Billie Joe's well-being is our main concern... We are happy to say that Billie Joe is doing well, and we want to thank you all for the outpouring of support and well wishes that we have received, and we can't wait to see you all again soon."

The band has also pushed the release of their latest album, Tre! from January 2013 to December 12th, 2012.

Metallica haven't been the first to pay tribute to Armstrong after the singer's onstage meltdown back in September. Alanis Morisette dedicated a version of Basket Case to Billie Joe when she appeared on Jimmy Kimmel last month.

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    captainperoxide
    Major kudos to Metallica for stepping in at the last minute. Whether you like their music or not, they're a class act. Disappointing for all the fans whose shows have been cancelled or postponed (including ones I was planning to go to), but I'm glad Billie is putting is health first.
    liam_gal
    one former alcoholic supporting another...
    dominiquep12
    Actually, James was a drug addict.
    Fooly_411
    James never did drugs. He never liked feeling like he was out of control he didn't even like smoking weed.
    )v(egaFan90
    I like the guy throwing up the crutches next to everyone throwing the horns! What a metalhead!
    SocksAndTrees
    I was hoping they'd cover some Green Day! I always love to hear someone covering a song of another genre, it's interesting to hear how it turns out.
    gateway01
    Maybe they'll release a cover version. "American Table" by Metallica.
    joestrat5000
    I don't know dude, "Welcome to the Table" and "When I Come Around the Table" are much better tunes
    swave75
    "The table that should not be"
    TheNumber6
    "Master of Tables"
    tonello
    "Enter Table" "Table Death" "Disposable Tables" "Hit the Tables" "The Four Tablemen" "(Anesthesia) Pulling Tables" "The Table that Should Not Be" "The Shortest Table" "Table of Sorrow" "Nothing Else Tables" "Table of the Day" "St. Table" "The Table that Never Comes" "Broke, Table, and Scarred" I think I got all that there was to get.
    sideslick
    Dammit! I have Avenged Sevenfold's "Welcome to the Family" stuck in my head, only with "family" replaced with "table".
    spiff-corgi
    Everyone says Dave Grohl is the nicest guy in rock, but I think it's actually James Hetfield. What a gent.
    Izzy-Sweet
    Too true, every time I've seen Hetfield talking, he just seems like a thoroughly pleasant guy.
    shumpitostick
    The title confused me
    BirdieBoy264
    Yeah. Same here. At first I thought it meant Metallica covered American Idiot, so Green Day cancelled their tour because of it... lol
    skaryguy
    Haha, that would be hilarious. Metallica covers Green Day, puts them to shame by doing Green Day way better than Green Day does Green Day, so Green Day decide to call it quits.
    ironman316
    yo dawg, I heard you like Green Day.
    metallica-#1
    Rob also starts playing the bass bridge from Welcome to Paradise when James says that's all they had time to learn
    doomsdayscottie
    i caught that too. James is really cool to throw his support out there for Billie. Get well soon, Billie Joe!
    RitchieRamone
    Nice gesture. The cover is kinda crappy and un-rehearsed (obviously) but the intention matters. BTW, did anyone notice that Robert started playing the riff from welcome to paradise?
    danis666
    Good guys Metallica, keeping Green Day fans jolly and stepping up (sort of) for Green Day. Unlike Guns 'n' Roses did when Hetfield burned his hand.
    Brad_Bassist
    Yeah, that's what happened. James burned his hand. Not third degree burns over his entire right arm, he just burned his hand.
    bobross
    I like both of these bands, so not to take anything away from either, but there's something just a tad funny about Metallica not being able to play through a Green Day song.
    jacobtheimpaler
    Class act by Metallica. That's all they needed to do, fantastic way to show respect to Green Day.
    InMemoryOfDio
    "The band has also pushed the release of their latest album, Tre! from January 2013 to December 12th, 2012." Wait... what?
    captainperoxide
    They're moving up the release as a sort of apology for all the cancelled and postponed tour dates.
    G&L18
    Damn, I was expecting James to sing Don't wanna be an American idio-TAAA! One nation controlled by the mediAAAA! Seriously though, good on 'em
    Mr. Stripe
    That's pretty nice of them. Too bad that I've heard 12 year old kids doing better Green Day covers than they do. Those power chords sounds like shit man haha!
    guitarist41
    C'mon, Metallica, you could have done way better than that. They should have tried to do one whole Green Day song, a real decent cover.
    archangels
    Kudos to Rob for busting out that Welcome To Paradise bassline there at the end. That alone was better than the whole band trying to play American Idiot.
    Sallycanwait96
    I'm glad Billie Joe is getting help. When my friend told me that the Green Day show I'm going to see got postponed I told him that I'd rather wait longer and see a healthy Billie Joe as opposed to seeing a more unstable one earlier On a side note, I think this article pretty much shoots down any claims that Metallica isn't awesome
    Bair
    Really? they've played a million shows while healthy. I'd rather see him a complete wreck and burn down the venue.
    Bair
    3 more chords for the chorus, the "solo" and they would have had it. I was more interested in hearing him sing. Shame.
    corneandtwakkie
    you know what's strange, i saw a video of joey jordison playing this song live with metallica and he killed it! he actually kept the tempo the same throughout the whole song! lol! This attempt by Lars was really bad. I mean why does he even have the two bass drums? you can barely hear one!
    Agent51
    It's funny that everyone is trashing them for this. It was a mini tribute to Billie, they are all from the same area, and all of them have battled addiction on a very public stage, so they get trashed for playing a few measures of a Green Day song as a tribute to a friend because you don't like the band/music/genre/person?
    Elintasokas
    Nice misleading title. Of course it's misleading on purpose. I'm slowly starting to hate UG....
    robo37
    Should just be called "mainstream act likes another mainstream act".
    Bulldoxide
    This just in: whining about mainstream artists being in the news since they are popular and people are more interested in it than whatever "obscure" band he/she listens to.
    TheExterminator
    So we agree, the fans blindly endorsing the already-set-in-stone and long-passed-their-prime, while ignoring a large chunk of good bands due to their relative obscurity - especially in a genre like Metal, where 95% of the bands are "obscure" - is the main problem.
    Dr Funkenstein
    I remember back in the 80's there was this obscure metal band. They kicked so much ass they actually became popular.
    TheExterminator
    And they are just one band out of hundreds of equally kick-ass, or better, bands that didn't become popular, because that's what happens when you play a genre of music that is vehemently anti-mainstream and has been hugely underground for decades.
    G&L18
    Man I wish I could be as alternative as you! No matter what I do I just can't break out of the mainstream. You're so individual, please don't sell out, K?
    batit
    what Jennifer said I am dazzled that people able to profit $4075 in four weeks on the internet. have you seen this link Buck6.com
    Flying Afros
    I was there. They stopped playing it cause everyone started booing. But they played Orion. That's all I needed.
    w77yyz
    Uh... what's with the dude in the mask in the front row?????
    tennesseehild
    Voodoo fest in New Orleans. It's a halloween music festival
    w77yyz
    Looks like none of the others got the memo! I guess if you're drunk enough, who cares if you're the only one dressed as Wolverine.