Metallica help cover band replace stolen gear

Metallica may have a reputation as hard rocking, heavy metal superstars, but it seems that they have a softer side as well.

A Washington-based Metallica cover band called Blistered Earth had a spot of pretty bad luck recently. After the band played a gig in Portland, Oregon, they discovered all their gear had been robbed from their tour van. This is the absolute worst thing that can happen to any band, and is becoming a frighteningly common occurrence.


The four-piece covers band were, understandably, beyond distraught. Everything was gone. Their drum kit, amps, guitars and tech equipment had all been plundered, leaving them with no means by which to make a living. It looked like it could have been the end for Blistered Earth.

Thankfully, the actual Metallica somehow heard about the band’s plight, and stepped up to help. Soon enough, the band had a new set of gear and, while Metallica are remaining tight-lipped about their philanthropy, Blistered Earth took to Facebook to give thanks.

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Blistered Earth drummer, Shawn Murphy, added that Metallica had suffered a similar robbery in their early days and speculated that the band may simply be ‘paying it forward’.

This isn’t the first time we’ve reported on Metallica doing awesome things. Back in November 2016, we ran a story about how the metal legends organised for over 9 tonnes of food to be collected for malnourished children and animals in Colombia.

Colin J McCracken
Colin J McCracken

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Colin J McCracken is an Irish editor and writer of both fiction and journalism. Coming from a background in education and film, his passions are split between the environmental and the entertaining. Constantly striving for a more sustainable existence and trying to balance it while simultaneously buying too many books.