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Watch Metallica play 'Lux Æterna' live for the first time

The band pulled out the new single for 'special' Helping Hands Concert & Auction in Los Angeles

Metallica's Helping Hands Concert & Auction took place at L.A.'s Microsoft Theater on December 16, and the band highlighted the evening with the first-ever performance of their new single, "Lux Æterna," from the forthcoming album, 72 Seasons

You can check out fan-filmed footage of the song above and below.

The Helping Hands Concert & Auction benefited Metallica's All Within My Hands foundation, and featured an opening performance from Greta Van Fleet. Metallica offered up a two-part set, consisting of an acoustic performance followed by a fully electric show. 

As previously reported, 72 Seasons is Metallica’s first album since 2016's Hardwired... to Self-Destruct. The 12-track, 77-minute effort was produced by Greg Fidelman alongside James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich.

Said Hetfield about the concept behind the album’s title, "72 seasons. The first 18 years of our lives that form our true or false selves. The concept that we were told 'who we are' by our parents. A possible pigeonholing around what kind of personality we are. I think the most interesting part of this is the continued study of those core beliefs and how it affects our perception of the world today. Much of our adult experience is reenactment or reaction to these childhood experiences. Prisoners of childhood or breaking free of those bondages we carry."

72 Seasons is out April 14, 2023 via the band's own Blackened Recordings. You can pre-order it on CD and 2LP in our shop.