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Metallica releases previously unheard live take of classic track


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Metallica has released a previously unheard live recording of its classic song “For Whom The Bell Tolls.” The track was recorded at Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia on August 3rd, 1986 and is taken from the upcoming reissue of the band’s landmark third album, Master Of Puppets. The concert, which was part of Metallica’s U.S. tour as the support act for Ozzy Osbourne, was unusual in that it featured guitar tech John Marshall on rhythm guitar, as frontman James Hetfield had broken his arm earlier that summer.

  • The deluxe reissue of Master Of Puppets will arrive on November 10th via Metallica’s own Blackened Recordings.
  • The LP has been remastered for the most advanced sound quality and will be available physically as a Standard LP, Standard CD, three-CD Expanded Edition, and Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set, while the digital options will be a Standard CD, a three-CD Expanded Edition, and a Digital Deluxe Box Set.
  • The Expanded Edition will include previously unreleased demos, rough mixes, interviews, live tracks, and a 28-page booklet. The Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set will include a 108-page hardcover book containing never-before-seen photos, outtakes and previously unreleased interviews, three LPs, 10 CDs, a cassette, two DVDs, a lithograph, a folder with handwritten lyrics, and a set of six buttons.
  • The reissue is available for pre-order at, where fans can see the full package details and track listing.
  • Master Of Puppets was released in February 1986 and reached Number 29 on the Billboard album chart, although it has sold over six million copies in the U.S. since.


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CHECK IT OUT: Listen to the previously unheard live take of “For Whom The Bell Tolls”

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