Watch Metallica Tear Through 'Now That We're Dead' on 'Colbert'

The rockers make the most out of a tiny stage and cause a little chaos.

Written by Emilee Lindner • Photography by Getty Images • May 16, 2017

Oh, what is must be like to be a TV studio audience member when Metallica is the musical guest. On Monday night, Metallica crashed The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to plug their recent Hardwired... to Self-Destruct single, "Now That We're Dead." And there's nothing that screams metal than standing still and idly throwing up devil horns in a CBS theater while an iconic band sings about eternity after death.

All jokes aside, Metallica completely rocked the Late Show stage, despite its TV confinements. For the past few months, the band have been playing shows in support of their 10th album, which was released in November. And their stadium gigs give them much more room to cause chaos. Given that the foursome threw the tiny stage into disarray prove that they're still up to their old antics.

"Now That We're Dead" follows Hardwired singles "Moth Into Flame," the song they played at the Grammys with Lady Gaga, and "Atlas Rise!" It tells the story of the after-life as a utopia: "Now that we’re dead, my dear / We can live, we can live forever," James Hetfield sings with angst into the mic, doused in a blood-red light. Kirk Hammett lends a blistering guitar solo, as he tends to do. Watch the full performance below:

Metallica are currently on their WorldWired Tour, which recently kicked off its North American leg last week. Get tickets to the shows at