They may be lords of metal, but Metallica did good for the nation of Colombia during its stop in Bogata last week.
The group held a food drive as part of its November 1 show at Los Andes Stadium where it collected more than nine tons of items that will be distributed to the indigenous Wayuu people via the Challenger Foundation and the Corazones Peluditos organizations.
The Wayuus, situated in Columbia's northern La Guajira region, are in the midst of a crisis in which a lack of food and drinking water has resulted in the death of more than 4,770 children during the past eight years. The plight received attention after the release of a new documentary called "El Rio que Nos Robaron" ("The Stolen River") earlier this year.
Metallica is prepping for the November 18 release of Hardwired...To Self-Destruct, its first new album in eight years, on November 18.
The group will be in the U.K. for the release and will return to the road during early 2017, with a full-scale North American tour expected to be announced soon.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.