METALLICA played the song “The Unforgiven II” live for the second time ever last night (Friday, May 29) at the Rock Im Revier festival in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below.
“The Unforgiven II” was first aired during METALLICA‘s December 1997 performance at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada. The track, which appeared on METALLICA‘s 1997 album “Reload”, is the sequel to the band’s 1991 song “The Unforgiven”, from METALLICA‘s mega-selling self-titled LP. A second sequel, titled “The Unforgiven III”, was included on the group’s last CD, 2008’s “Death Magnetic”.
Despite insisting that work has been proceeding on a new album, METALLICA has spent a lot of time outside the studio in the last year, with activities that included a string of European all-request shows last summer, a week-long residency on “The Late Show With Craig Ferguson”, and this month’s Rock In Rio USA stint.
More festival dates are on the schedule for this summer, including two shows in Montreal and a headlining slot at Lollapalooza in Chicago at the end of July.