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Metallica go directly to prison for latest video


Story: Jack Foley

THOSE hardmen of rock, Metallica, had a glimpse of life behind bars on Wednesday, April 30, 2003, when they shot the video for the title track of their forthcoming album, St Anger, at the Big House - San Quentin Prison in San Francisco.

The band entered the prison at 7am and from the moment they took their first steps into the prison grounds, they knew this would not be just another video shoot.

The first thing the band were told by their designated correctional officer was, 'San Quentin has a 'no hostage policy' - which means if someone gets taken hostage, there will be no negotiating, you are on your own, buddy'.

The video was shot with the band performing at various locations throughout the compound - outside, during the prisoners' lunchbreak, and inside the cell block.

Everyone involved were authentic inmates and correctional officers.

One of the main correctional officers said that the response from the inmates was overwhelming - the feeling was mutual from the Metallica camp.

The next day, the band went back to the prison and played a special show for the inmates - this was the first show they have played with their new bass player - Robert Trujillo.

The gig lasted for an hour, and the set list was: Creeping Death, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Seek and Destroy, Fade To Black, Fuel, Sad But True, Master of Puppets, One, Enter Sandman and Battery.

The video was directed by the Malloy Brothers and can be viewed via the AV link on this page.

St Anger, the album, is to be released on June 5 2003 - four days earlier than originally planned, due to demand from fans!

There is no confirmed release date for the single as yet.

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