Unless you were avoiding the internet in an act of envious rage this past weekend (and, given the lineup, we could hardly blame you), you’re probably aware that the first ever Power Trip festival took place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Oct 6-8), featuring the biggest set of hard rock and heavy metal headliners ever to share one bill. Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Judas Priest, Metallica and Tool played to crowds of almost 100,000 people across three blockbuster days at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, with AC/DC’s incredible set marking their first show in seven years.
Social media has been awash with photos and videos of various members of the bands that played over the weekend hanging out, catching up and enjoying each other’s sets, but few have brought as much attention as those depicting Metallica guitar duo James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett loving life and enjoying the hell out of themselves during Judas Priest’s set on Saturday night.
Though the metal legends weren’t due to play until Sunday, they evidently snuck into town early to enjoy the festivities for themselves, with a photo of the duo throwing horns with the crowd posted on Metallica’s official Instagram page, and fan-filmed footage of frontman Hetfield having the loveliest of times doing the rounds on social media elsewhere.
See Metallica appreciating some Judas Priest for yourself below.
James Hetfield from Metallica loving the performance by Judas Priest at Power Trip Festival 2023Legends