Metallica Members Celebrate 35 Years Of ‘Master Of Puppets’ Album With A Special Performance

The official Instagram account of Metallica shared the video of the band’s performance on Colbert Late Show in honor of the 35th anniversary of the ‘Master of Puppets‘ album, during which they played the album’s opening track, ‘Battery.’

Thrash metal’s legendary band Metallica was founded by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich back in 1981. Known for their aggressive musicianship, Metallica managed to become one of the most commercially successful bands of all time. They released their debut studio album, ‘Kill ‘Em All,’ on July 25, 1983, which was regarded as a groundbreaking work for thrash metal music.

However, things have changed permanently for Metallica members when they released their third studio album, ‘Master of Puppets‘ on March 3, 1986. ‘Master of Puppets’ is known for being the last album of Metallica that featured the band’s late bassist Cliff Burton. As you may know, Burton passed away in a tragic bus accident during the album’s promotional tour in Europe.

Released exactly 35 years ago, ‘Master of Puppets’ is considered one of the most influential metal albums in history. The album has also an important reputation for being the first metal album to be chosen by the Library of Congress to be preserved in the National Recording Registry since it was observed as ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.’

The eight-track album involved many iconic songs of Metallica, such as ‘Master of Puppets,’ ‘Battery,’ ‘Damage, Inc.’ and their least-performed song, ‘Orion.’ The opening track of the album, ‘Battery,’ actually referred to the term ‘assault and battery’ which presents a perfect example of how ‘Master of Puppets’ influenced millions of people with its political lyrics.

Recently, the official Instagram account of Metallica posted the video of the band’s special performance on the Colbert Late Show to honor ‘Master of Puppets’ album on its 35th anniversary. During the show, band members preferred to play the opening track of the album, ‘Battery.’ In the caption of the post, they thanked Stephen Colbert for the opportunity to fire up ‘Battery’ to celebrate 35 years of ‘Master of Puppets’

Here is what the caption said:

“Thanks again to Stephen Colbert and the Colbert Late Show for letting us fire up ‘Battery’ to celebrate 35 Years of ‘Master of Puppets!’ Head over to their account to check out the full performance! “

You can click here to see the Instagram post and watch Metallica’s performance on the Colbert Late Show on Youtube below.