Watch METALLICA’s KIRK HAMMETT and ROBERT TRUJILLO perform classic metal and punk covers with THE WEDDING BAND in Napa
THE WEDDING COVENANTthe side project of METALLIC guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujilloin the same way Marc Osegueda (ANGEL OF DEATH),Jon Theodore (THE VOLTA OF MARS, STONE AGE QUEENS) and Doc Coyle (BAD WOLVES, GOD FORGIVES), performed last night (Friday, May 27) at the Jam Cellars Ballroom at the Margrit Mondavi Theater in Napa, CA. The show was part of the “BottleRock Afterdark” performances that run concurrently with the METALLIC co-titled edition of BottleRock Napa Valley music festival, taking place May 27-29 at the Napa Valley Expo in Northern California.
Video filmed by fans of THE WEDDING COVENANT performing covers of classic songs by BLACK SABBATH, UNFAVORABLE, MOTORHEAD, SHOCK, RAMONES, KENNEDY DEAD and others in Napa can be seen below.
Back in 2019, Church Told Cosmo Music on THE WEDDING COVENANT: “It’s really fun to jam with these guys. It’s something different. For Rob and me, it’s cool, because we can indulge in our love of funk and punk… I was listening to all kinds of crazy music in the 70s — a lot of funk, R&B — so I always had a real appreciation for the music of that era. When I found out that Rob done, we started playing our favorite songs. Seventies funk is so unique, and it’s almost a lost art because nobody writes songs like that anymore… We got together and started playing some stuff, and it sounded amazing, and then we started to improvise, and it sounded incredibly good… It’s above all a means for Rob and I just scrambled. We love to jam; we like to play with people; we like to play funk. It’s become a bit of an outlet for us, but it’s nothing really serious or anything like that. We are really open to anyone who comes to play with us. I even asked the other guys to [METALLICA] if they want to pass and jam. [We’re] always open – this is not some sort of closed border strip situation. Anyone can come in and play, as long as they’re good… It’s so recreational, but musicians need recreational music too. They need to play stuff that they don’t have to worry about and that we don’t have to be accountable for. It’s just a light, cool, fun thing for us, and Rob and I need it, because often we invest so much in our performance. There’s so much intensity, so much having to perform this song and play the shit out of it. You just have to put a lot of love and care into our band’s music, and it’s good, and I love it – I’m super passionate about it – but it’s also fun to just go to Disneyland for a while and playing songs that are just fun for you to play, that inspired you, made you smile, made you sweat and made you say, ‘Man, I needed that.’ I think everyone needs something like this… It’s so much fun. We are something that should not be taken too seriously, because none of us want to take it seriously.”
In 2020, Hammet confirmed that he and his METALLIC band mates started working on 2016 follow up “Hardwired…to Self-Destruct” album during quarantine. One year earlier, Hammet said he had already accumulated “a lot” of “fantastic, brilliant” ideas for METALLICnext LP.
The METALLIC axeman lost his iPhone containing hundreds of riffs in 2014. About six months later, he told “The Jasta Show” podcast that he “was crushed” when it happened, but still expressed hope that it “could come up”.
Hammet is not credited on any of the songs by “Hardwired…to Self-Destruct”.
He previously said losing his phone was a “devastating” experience.
Despite the setback, Hammet said he was satisfied with the way “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct” proved.
“Hardwired…to Self-Destruct” debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 album chart, selling 291,000 copies in its first week of release.