Metallica frontman James Hetfield has performed a stripped-down cover of the Bob Seger song “Turn the Page.”
Hetfield performed the track during an appearance on a December 12 charity livestream organized by VetsAid, founded by rock legend Joe Walsh, to raise funds for US combat veterans and their families.
Hetfield joined the livestream from his home studio, where he delivered a heartfelt solo rendition of Seger’s 1973 classic with nothing more than his earthy vocals and an acoustic guitar. Speaking just prior to his performance, Hetfield paid tribute to “those who serve our country and those who put themselves on the line,” adding, “Not just them: first responders, military and the families along with them. So, thank you so much for what you do and your sacrifices.”
This wasn’t the first time Hetfield had covered “Turn the Page” either: in 1998, as part of a covers album Garage Inc., Metallica reinterpreted the song as a strident hard-rock rager.
The cover keeps up Metallica’s track record of doing good through their music. Just this month, the band covered Alice in Chains’ “Would” to honor the band as well as raise money for the Museum of Pop Culture. They have also supported such causes as the All Within My Hands Foundation and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals. Earlier this year, the band also released their live concert film S&M2, which they previewed with a video of “Moth into Flame” performed with the San Francisco Symphony.
Watch Hetfield’s acoustic cover of “Turn the Page” below: