By Scott T. Sterling
Metallica live debuted the seven-minute-long track “Spit Out the Bones” at an October 24 concert in south east London.
The lengthy fan favorite is from the band’s most recent album, Hardwired… To Self-Destruct, but had never been performed live until the show at the O2 Arena.
“I have versions of that song that are two to three minutes longer,” drummer Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone. “We just kept going and going and going. That was also the first song where we went, ‘Wait a minute, is there too much of a good thing here?’ And then we started peeling it back. It was one of those where you just keep going to different universes and different modes and areas because it was super fun. It was like this journey. Old-school Mercyful Fate–type stuff was kind of the inspiration for that.”