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