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Metallica pay tribute to Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong at Voodoo festival

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Metallica dedicated a song to Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong during their headlining set at the Voodoo Music and Arts Experience festival on Saturday after stepping in as a last-minute replacements for the rockers.

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Green Day were forced to pull out of the New Orleans event last month after Armstrong checked into rehab to address substance abuse issues. Metallica were called in to fill the slot, and they delivered a high-energy two hour set, opening with "Hit the Lights" and "Master of Puppets." Frontman James Hetfield joked about filling in for Green Day, shouting, "We! Are! Green Day! Except a little taller!" but he got serious later on in the show when he dedicated "Battery" to Armstrong, telling the crowd, "This one's for Billie."

During the encore, the band teased fans by playing the opening riff to Green Day's smash hit "American Idiot," only for Hetfield to cut short the cover, saying, "We can't play that song." He also gave Armstrong and his band mates a boost of confidence, adding, "They're getting it sorted out, hopefully they get it fixed because the world needs them." The 2012 Voodoo festival kicked off on Friday with Neil Young & Crazy Horse headlining the opening day.

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Oct 29, 2012 3:48PM
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I remember Metallica when they were good.  Opened a show for Ozzy right before Cliff Burton died and Master of puppets came out.  The black album was ok and everything after that was commercial crap.  They tour but I'm not sure why because how much money do you need?

Metallica has not been relevant for about a couple of decades.  Couldn't care less about their live shows anywhere.

Oct 29, 2012 2:12PM
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