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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 24: James Hetfield of Metallica performs onstage during Global Citizen Festival 2022: New York at Central Park on September 24, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Global Citizen)

Metallica is one of the greatest rock bands of all time, and they are coming to Detroit next year. With a history of incredible hits, it can be hard to decide which one stands out. However, there is one that resonates with me in particular – James Hetfield’s acoustic version of “Baby Hold On” from the tribute for Eddie Money.

This song was made famous by Eddie Money in the late 1970s and has been covered many times since then. But when James Hetfield sang it during the tribute concert in 2020, I felt something special. His raspy voice added a touch of nostalgia and emotion that could not be matched. It was as if he was channeling Eddie Money himself! The audience was captivated by his performance and sang along with him as he hit every note perfectly.

I think what makes this performance stand out so much is the fact that it was a tribute to someone who had just passed away. Music has an amazing power to bring people together especially during difficult times like those after Eddie Money’s death. Even though we were missing him terribly, hearing James sing “Baby Hold On” reminded us all why we loved his music so much in the first place – for its ability to transport us back to simpler times filled with hope and joy.

For me, “Baby Hold On” will always stand out as one of my favorite songs from Metallica’s repertoire – not only because it’s an incredible track but also because of the emotional connection I feel when I hear it performed live by James Hetfield himself. It’s a reminder that music has an amazing ability to bring people together regardless of time or circumstance – something that Metallica knows better than anyone else! And next year when they come back to Detroit for their show at Ford Field, I’m sure they’ll have plenty more surprises up their sleeve!