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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    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.
    one former alcoholic supporting another...
    Actually, James was a drug addict.
    James never did drugs. He never liked feeling like he was out of control he didn't even like smoking weed.
    I like the guy throwing up the crutches next to everyone throwing the horns! What a metalhead!
    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.
    Maybe they'll release a cover version. "American Table" by Metallica.
    I don't know dude, "Welcome to the Table" and "When I Come Around the Table" are much better tunes
    "The table that should not be"
    "Master of Tables"
    "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.
    Dammit! I have Avenged Sevenfold's "Welcome to the Family" stuck in my head, only with "family" replaced with "table".
    Everyone says Dave Grohl is the nicest guy in rock, but I think it's actually James Hetfield. What a gent.
    Too true, every time I've seen Hetfield talking, he just seems like a thoroughly pleasant guy.
    The title confused me
    Yeah. Same here. At first I thought it meant Metallica covered American Idiot, so Green Day cancelled their tour because of it... lol
    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.
    yo dawg, I heard you like Green Day.
    Rob also starts playing the bass bridge from Welcome to Paradise when James says that's all they had time to learn
    i caught that too. James is really cool to throw his support out there for Billie. Get well soon, Billie Joe!
    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?
    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.
    Yeah, that's what happened. James burned his hand. Not third degree burns over his entire right arm, he just burned his hand.
    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.
    Class act by Metallica. That's all they needed to do, fantastic way to show respect to Green Day.