Contact Us

Metallica Rock ‘Now That We’re Dead’ on ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’

Metallica took to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS last night (May 15) and performed the song “Now That We’re Dead” from their latest release, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct. The appearance took place the day after the band played New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium.

“My next guests have sold over 110 million albums,” Colbert said as he introduced the group. “Here performing “Now That We’re Dead,” ladies and gentlemen, Metallica.” Frontman James Hetfield, clad in a classic black Motorhead shirt, then introduced the track in the same manner he has been each night of the “Worldwired” tour by saying: “If you want to live forever… then first you must die!”

Set against a moody, blood red lighting scheme, the band ripped through the thundering track while images of the Hardwired cover art continuously morphed the individual members faces together on a series of screens behind them. Despite the small confines of the television stage — quite the scaled down surroundings from the stadiums Metallica are currently filling — the group managed to maximize the space, with Hetfield wandering behind drummer Lars Ulrich as guitarist Kirk Hammett delivered the song’s solo.

The Colbert gig is the most recent late night television appearance for Metallica to promote Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, which has topped the charts in countries around the world. They’ve also showed up on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel Live! The next stop on the “Worldwired” trek is tomorrow night (May 17) in Uniondale, N.Y. at the New Coliseum. The remaining North American tour dates can be found here.

Metal Grammys Year by Year: Who Really Should Have Won

10 Rebellious TV Rock + Metal Performances

Where Does James Hetfield Rank Among the Top 66 Hard Rock + Metal Frontmen of All Time?

Recommended for You

Around the Web


Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Noisecreep quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!