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James Hetfield Honors Eddie Money With Baby Hold On Cover

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James Hetfield Performs ‘Baby Hold On’ at the Eddie Money Tribute Show in Beverly Hills, California.

The star-studded Eddie Money tribute show has done a number of great things: it has raised money for the USC Eddie Money Cancer Research Fund and also featured Metallica singer James Hetfield surprising attendees by hopping on stage with his acoustic guitar.

James Hetfield’s unannounced performance of Eddie Money’s “Baby Hold On” was the Metallica lead singer/guitarists first time on stage since announcing last September that he was entering a rehab facility leading to the band canceling their Australian tour.

Money and Hetfield were pals from the Bay Area, as Rolling Stone pointed out. RS also said that the event, in addition to James Hetfield, was attended by longtime Eddie Money pals Sammy Hagar, George Thorogood, Rick Springfield.

Money past away last September at the age of 70.

James explained how he and Eddie first crossed paths at an Oakland Raiders football game where Money was performing the National Anthem. “I met him before he went out there, and he kinda blew me off,” Hetfield recalled. “I thought, ‘Who is is this pompous ass?’ And, if you spot it, you got it, is what I’m saying. So it was like two big dogs going in a circle around each other, which was kinda funny. I saw through it. I saw through that ego and he saw through mine, and we got to be friends, because I think our egos matched the size or our insecurities.”

Check out James Hetfield’s performance of the Money classic below:

Baby Hold On James Hetfield at Eddie Money Tribute Saban Theater
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