On November 3, Metallica performed an acoustic show for charity and they raised $1.3 million.

In a recent interview with 1003. The Rocks, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has revealed how they decided to make an acoustic show. He said:

“The first time we played acoustic was when Neil Young asked us to partake in his Bridge School, the legendary benefits that they had for the schools where his kids were going about 20 years ago, give or take.

And they said ‘You now play acoustic.’ And everybody was like, ‘Yeah, sure, Metallica acoustic. Ha ha ha, that will never work.’

And then we came in and we played acoustic. And we really enjoyed reinterpreting our own songs and we really enjoyed taking some covers and also giving them an acoustic treatment. And it’s just become a thing that we like to return to occasionally as a kind of a counter thing to all the noise we normally make when we play.

And for some reason… We did Bridge School three or four times. Often when we do a charitable thing or a benefit thing or a foundation thing, the acoustic instruments can dust it off and we go out and do that. So when we did our first foundation event, it just felt we should do it acoustic.”

Metallica’s new acoustic live album, “Helping Hands… Live & Acoustic at The Masonic” ,will be released on February 1, 2019. Here’s the track list:

1. Disposable Heroes
2. When a Blind Man Cries (Deep Purple cover)
3. The Unforgiven
4. Please Don’t Judas Me (Nazareth cover)
5. Turn the Page (Bob Seger cover)
6. Bleeding Me
7. Veteran of the Psychic Wars (Blue Öyster Cult cover)
8. Nothing Else Matters
9. All Within My Hands
10. Enter Sandman
11. The Four Horsemen
12. Hardwired

You can watch the entire interview from below.