Raiders fan James Hetfield of Metallica
June 14, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Metallica band members James Hetfield (left) and Kirk Hammett perform the national anthem before the Golden State Warriors play against the Cleveland Cavaliers in game five of the NBA Finals. at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Prior to Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors, the fans at Oakland’s Oracle Arena will be treated to Metallica.

Footage of the famed heavy metal band practicing the The Star Spangled Banner on the guitar was shown hours before tipoff.

Per Tsvi Machlin of The Spun, Tenille Arts will perform the Canadian national anthem.

This is a role that Metallica is familiar with. The band performed the national anthem prior to Game 5 of the 2015 NBA Finals, also at Oracle Arena.

The Warriors won that game en route to that year’s championship. Golden State is no doubt hoping that Metallica can be a similar good luck charm in 2019.

Michael Dixon
Bay Area born and raised, I have extensive experience in both the print and online worlds. There are few things in this world I love doing more than talking sports.