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List: Five Metal Versions of the National Anthem at Baseball Games

List: Five Metal Versions of the National Anthem at Baseball Games

Earlier this week was Opening Day of the 2016 Major League Baseball season. To celebrate the beginning of another year of pitchers and catchers, here are five memorable metal renditions of the “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Because what would a baseball game be without beer, hot dogs and shredding guitars?

1. Metallica
Dressed in matching Giants uniform tops (and with Giants logos on their guitars), James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett paid tribute to Metallica’s adopted hometown of San Francisco with this version of the National Anthem, performed prior to a Giants Vs. Dodgers game in May, 2013.

2. Exmortus
In 2014, Jadran "Conan" Gonzalez and David Rivera, guitarists for new-school So-Cal thrashers Exmortus, took on “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a Class-A minor league Bakersfield Blaze game. True to the band’s style, they transformed the Anthem into a harmony-guitar-laden, neo-classical and Nintendo-esque shredfest.

3. Slash
The Guns N’ Roses guitarist performed a wah-heavy version of the National Anthem prior to Game 2 of the 2009 NLDS, between the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers.

4. Yngwie Malmsteen
The Swedish shredder has for years made his home in Florida. And in August, 2011, he came to Miami’s Sun Life Stadium to lay waste to the National Anthem with a characteristically blazing performance prior to a St. Louis Cardinals vs. Florida Marlins game.

5. Dave Mustaine
Okay, so it wasn’t a real baseball game, per se. But nevertheless one of the greatest metal moments in the history of MTV’s Rock N’ Jock celebrity softball matchups was Megadeth man Dave Mustaine giving this (rather straightforward) run-through of the National Anthem.

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