Drummer Lars Ulrich of Metallica performs at the 2016 Global Citizen Festival held in New City's Central Park in New York, NY, on September 24, 2016. (Photo by Anthony Behar)

Lars Ulrich of Metallica (Photo credit: Anthony Behar/Sipa USA)

Metallica 'Turns Up The Volume' To Help Feed The Hungry

Margie Shafer
May 23, 2018 - 3:01 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS RADIO) - Metal band Metallica urges fans to volunteer at their local food bank. KCBS Radio's Margie Shafer reports from San Francisco, where so many fans wanted to participate...a drawing was held to determine who could help out.

Metallica's Lar Ulrich is bold for drum playing, but he and Metallica have been under the radar when it comes to philanthropy.

"We've been secretly giving back for about a decade now." Ulrich says. "We have always had a little bit of an issue with about how loud we should be."

Metallica wrote checks to local food banks on each stop of its 39 date European tour last year and now are encouraging fans to help out as well. Overexplaining hunger is a universal issue. "You want to try to find things that globally can make a difference that also politically neutral."

Executive Director of the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, Paul Ash accepted a $5,000 check from Metallica's All Within My Hands foundation and fans are pitching in too.

"It's so popular we couldn't accomadate all the people who wanted to be Metallica volunteers." Ash said. "So we've actually had have a drawing."


Longtime Metallica fan and food bank driver Elmore Hildago has always liked the band, but also admires that good work.

"They're just all around good guys!" Hidalgo said.