Metallica, which launched their charitable foundation All Within My Hands this year, held their first “Day of Service” on Mat 23rd and it was rousing success. The band themselves got hands on as drummer Lars Ulrich presented the SF-Marin Food Bank with a check for $5,000 on Wednesday. In addition, the drummer sorted fruit to be distributed by the food bank.
Ulrich told Rolling Stone:
“The response was overwhelming. We’re so proud of the passion and the selflessness that our fans brought to all their local chapters around the country. All the reports that have ended up in my inbox reflect nothing but goodwill, good deeds, good vibes and good energy.
“As someone who has been a loner for most of my life, being in the METALLICA family has always given me a sense of belonging and made me feel like I was not alone. And as we all know, hard rock can sometimes, in different parts of the world, be looked down upon as a second-class member of the global music community. So we are additionally pleased that we can show everyone that hard rock and metal fans can be as compassionate and as selfless as any other people in the worldwide charitable family and the bad stigma that sometimes is hung upon them/us as somehow lesser citizens can be readdressed.”
The band continues to tour in support of its 10th studio album, 2016’s Hardwired… To Self-Destruct on their own Blackened Recordings. Metallica is on a four-month break, their first summer off from the road or the studio in many years before launching a North American arena tour on September 2 in Madison, Wisconsin.