Metallica's Helping Hands benefit concert will spread good cheer to more heavy metal lovers this holiday season thanks to a deal to air the show on Paramount+, Pluto TV, and MTV’s YouTube channel.
“We’re looking forward to celebrating the achievements of All Within My Hands at this year’s Helping Hands Concert & Auction and we’re psyched to tell you that it will be streamed live, thanks to our friends at @paramountplus!” the band wrote in an Instagram post on Tuesday (Nov. 22).
The sold out December 16 show at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and feature an opening set from Greta Van Fleet. The event will kick off at 8:30pm ET / 5:30pm PT and stream live on Paramount+, with simulcasts on Pluto and YouTube. It will also feature an auction that kicks off on December 5 to benefit the foundation, with 100% of ticket and auction proceeds earmarked for those in need via a number of national and local charities.
Among the organizations that All Within My Hands has partnered with over the years are the American Association of Community Colleges, Feeding America, Direct Relief, and World Central Kitchen. This year alone the foundation has handed out $100,000 to Direct Relief and World Central Kitchen to help those hit hardest by Hurricanes Ian and Fiona in Florida and Puerto Rico in October. They also gave $20,000 to the Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh in August and $100,000 to World Central Kitchen’s efforts to feed Ukrainian refugees fleeing Russia’s war on their country.
The livestreamed concert is one of the many big things to happen to Metallica in 2022. The group gained a considerable amount of attention over the summer due to their song "Master of Puppets" being featured on the hit Netflix show Stranger Things. They also played at Lollapalooza this year and guitarist Kirk Hammett released his debut solo LP Portals.
Check out the Helping Hands benefit concert announcement below.
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Article Image: Metallica band member James Hetfield sings and plays guitar during a set at the 2022 Pinkpop Music Festival. (benhoudijk via DepositPhotos.)