‘Gone Insane': Metallica Release Performance of ‘The Memory Remains’ at Lollapalooza
"[There are] a little more opinionated responses on these last couple of records," James Hetfield told MTV's Chris Connelly in a 1997 interview about Load, the "Black Album" and Reload. "It's either 'I hate it' or 'I love it,' which is how I think it should kind of be. We're not meant to be background music while you're driving."
Regardless of those responses in the late-'90s, there's no question that today Reload stands as a strong member of Metallica's discography. The album itself debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's 200 chart and it's sold more than 3 million copies in America. "Fuel" has become an undeniable staple in the band's catalog and "The Memory Remains" has grown into a fan-favorite at live shows, largely thanks to the crowd's involvement in the song.
In place of Marianne Faithfull's iconic vocals in the studio track, crowds across the world fill the space with their voices when given the chance—and it always sounds amazing.
Case in point: the crowd at Lollapalooza in Chicago on July 28 came together for an unforgettable performance of "The Memory Remains." Check out pro-shot footage from the song below.
Watch Metallica Perform "The Memory Remains" Live at Lollapalooza
"The Memory Remains" is far from one of Metallica's most-played songs. The performance at Lollapalooza marked just the 305th time they've played it onstage in nearly 25 years, with its live debut happening on Nov. 11, 1997, in Philadelphia.
Metallica are prepping for their two final shows of the year, first with a gig at Highmark Stadium in Buffalo, N.Y., on Aug. 11 and then they wrap things up at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Aug. 14.