Jams of the Year: Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Temple of the Dog and More!

If there’s one thing more exciting than seeing your favorite bands live, it’s seeing your favorite bands playing live together at the same time. Although the hard-rock and metal history books include more than a few eye-popping collaborations over the genres’ four-decade histories, 2011 boasts some of the most exciting. Below is a list of what got the Revolver editors’ jaws dropping this year. Let us know what jams you think were the best in the comments section.

The Big Four
Although Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax jammed together for the first time last year, it was in 2011 they made it their calling card. Beginning with their performance of Diamond Head’s “Am I Evil?” in April to their jams in Europe (which also featured members of Diamond Head, Exodus, and Sepultura), to their U.S. final performance of Motörhead’s “Overkill” in New York City, these bands have made history at each performance.

The Metal Masters
The night before the Big Four concert in New York City, members of Megadeth and Anthrax along with drummer Mike Portnoy gathered to give instrument tips to fans and musicians a like. What the audience didn’t expect was the closing jam, which featured Anthrax’s Scott Ian, Frank Bello, and Charlie Benante, Megadeth’s David Ellefson, Mike Portnoy, and special guests Kerry King of Slayer and…Phil Anselmo of Pantera and Down fame, who sang “Fucking Hostile” and “A New Level.”

Temple of the Dog
For Pearl Jam’s 20th Anniversary concert, Chris Cornell joined the band for a four-song set of the songs he recorded with the nascent band under the name Temple of the Dog in 2011.

The Revolver Golden Gods Awards
We may be tooting our own horns here, but even we were floored by the collaborations of Avenged Sevenfold with Vinnie Paul on Pantera’s “Mouth for War” and Duff McKagan on GN’R’s “It’s So Easy,” as well as Duff, Corey Taylor, and Steve Jones’ take on Judas Priest’s “Electric Eye,” Volbeat’s take on Dusty Springfield’s “I Only Wanna Be With You,” and Asking Alexandria and Sebastian Bach’s electrifying take on “Youth Gone Wild.”

Guns N’ Roses and Zakk Wylde’s “Whole Lotta Rosie”
At a recent Indiana gig, Guns N’ Roses invited Black Label Society frontman Zakk Wylde to join them on guitar for an electrifying rendition of AC/DC’s “Whole Lotta Love.”

Mötley Crüe with Cee-Lo
Cee-Lo Green the Soul Machine, who had a massive hit last year with “Fuck You,” joined the Sunset Strip’s Kings of “Fuck You”—Mötley Crüe—at an L.A. gig in June for a rendition of his hit and the Crüe’s “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away).”

Drop in the Bucket Charity Event
At the Drop in the Bucket Charity Event, Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor played a set highlighted by all of his famous friends. Together they played some of hard rock and metal’s greatest hits. Two highlights were Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train”—performed by Taylor, Jane’s Addiction’s Dave Navarro, Rob Zombie guitarist John 5, and Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo—and AC/DC’s “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”—played by Taylor, Anthrax’s Scott Ian, John 5, and Rob Zombie bassist Piggy D and drummer Ginger Fish. For more from that night, click here.

Metallica 30th Anniversary
Nobody has ever thrown an anniversary party quite like Metallica’s 30th Anniversary shows, which wrapped up on December 10 in San Francisco. Over the course of four nights, they played with artists who influenced them, their peers, and past members of the band. These include everyone from Diamond Head to Mercyful Fate, Marianne Faithfull to Rob Halford, Alice in Chains’ Jerry Cantrell to Kid Rock, and, most impressive, original guitarists Dave Mustaine and Lloyd Grant alongside original bassist Ron McGovney for the first song the band ever recorded, “Hit the Lights.”


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  • Spofford

    Interesting list of videos, Pearl Jam and Cornell doing the Mother Love Bone song is my favorite. Coming a close second would be Mustaine jammin out on Jump In the Fire. The Motley Crue one was the worst IMO.

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  • Molinaro_d

    Asking Alexandria – Not The American Average
    Song of the year.

  • Crazylegs040994

    My life goal is to see Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. A coalition of Temple of the Dog is too much to ask for. People who have witnessed that have NO idea how lucky they are. Only thing id wanna see after that would have been Layne Staley with either Alice in Chains or Mad Season. God bless Grunge. My favorite Metallica will always be the one with Dave, but im glad he left and made Megadeth. Sure it was out of hate, but i honestly like Megadeth probably even more than Metallica. Not that im a bigger fan of Mustaine, but i like their stuff more i guess. But their reunions are equally as awesome as Temple of the Dog. Gotta love what musicians would do for their loyal fans. True musical love man.

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  • Sasha

    Both of the Avenged songs!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/brunoHBrassard Bruno Hébert-Brassard

    Yeah Avenged Sevenfold rock.

    We can’t tell the same for Slipknot’s singer… Corey Taylor… He sucked on both cover…
    Well, i’m not surprised… Slipknot sucks and they are gay, just like their fans

  • http://www.facebook.com/mrroywesten Roy Van der Westen

    Shut up Avenged Sevenfold fanboys! I like A7X but the performance with Metallica and Dave Mustaine is legendary, after 30 years they were finally playing together!

  • AndradeMilo

    avenged sevenfold ? xD! puros niñitos que se creen malos escuchan esa wea, grande pearl jam , cornell  y corey taylor canta diez veces mejor que el vocalista gay que tiene avanged sevenfold aparte de tener mucha mas trascendencia a nivel mundial, no como ese grupito (: and i know the way to write this in english,but fuck that i’m chilean so fuck off..

  • Jack

    avenged sevenfold fucking sucks, they had 2 good albums and now they are garbage

  • vtech

    Avenged Sevenfold – they are weird. Technically great, but boring.

  • Bartenderizeded

    Hmm…That’s all I have to say….hmmm…

  • Tim

    Think they should have given Mustaine’s guitar a little more volume youcan barly hear him when he’s doing solo’s even with head phones on.

  • Concerned

    Avenged Sevenfold are faggots.  It pisses me off that they try playing Pantera.

    • Tonifreakshow

      If they were fags Vinnie wouldn’t be onstage with them. When was the last time Vinnie Paul jumped onstage with you? I’m sure they threw down and partied it up afterwards too. How many times did Vinnie Paul party with you? Stop hatin!

  • Tribal Seed

    o yeah!!! 

  • musicfan

    If you don’t like Avenged playing Pantera don’t listen! Pantera respects them so unless you think you have the talent to get onstage and blow the doors off anybody else shut the fuck up! I’ve seen Avenged live seven times and they have never put on a bad show and unlike many of the other bands I’ve seen they don’t treat their fans like trash. None of the rest of us stand up infront of anybody risking being judged not caring what anybody says so the haters  can all suck it you would ALL be cryin like a bitch if we said it about you!!!!

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  • Wessatan

    Temple Of The Dog will always rule!

  • alex