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Watch: METALLICA's James Hetfield First Live Performance Since Rehab

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Metallica frontman James Hetfield is trying to get back in the swing of things. After appearing at a car show last month, his first public appearance since checking into rehab last year, Hetfield returned to the stage last night, February 20th.

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The occasion was a Eddie Money tribute show, for the rock legend who died last September. Before Hetfield broke into his somber, acoustic version of "Baby Hold On," he told a story about how he knew Eddie.

"So I got to hang out with Eddie, the last probably three years of his life," Hetfield begins as he strums his guitar. Hetfield reveals he met Money at a Raiders game. "He kinda blew me off, and I thought, 'who is is this pompous ass?'" he jokes. "So it was like two big dogs going in a circle around each other, which was kinda funny. I saw through it, I saw through that ego, and he saw through mine, and we got to be friends, because I think our egos matched the size of our insecurities."

Great to see Het in good spirits and out and performing. Metallica return to the stage official for a tour of South America in April and then some big festival dates in May:

Epicenter (May 1-3) at its new location at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC [Tickets]
Welcome To Rockville (May 8-10) at its new location at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, FL [Tickets]
Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival (May 15-17) at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH [Tickets]
Louder Than Life (September 18-20) at Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center in Louisville, KY [Tickets]
Aftershock (October 9-11) at Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA [Tickets]

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