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Metallica Announces Benefit Concert For Wildfire Relief

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/AP) — Metallica and Dave Matthews are set to headline a wildfire relief concert in San Francisco next month.

Metallica, which calls the Bay Area home, has joined with Matthews and Oakland rapper G-Eazy to form the "Band Together Bay Area" coalition to raise relief money for victims of the wildfires, which have killed more than 40 people and caused at least $1 billion in damage.

Metallica's Lars Ulrich said in a video tweeted on the band's Twitter page that the band "has always flown the flag for the Bay Area."

"For 34 years, Metallica has flown the flag for the Bay Area all over the world," he said. "Metallica has been proud to represent all things San Francisco and the Bay Area...The recent tragic events up in Napa County and Sonoma County, Mendocino has left us all sadden. Left us all flabbergasted and trying to figure out how we could in some way bound together and help."

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett said experiencing the devastation made him understand how much was owed to the first responders.

"Experiencing just the devastation and all the carnage -- we owe a lot to those first responders," he said.

The concert will take place at AT&T Park on Nov. 9. The coalition says all of the money raised by ticket sales will go to a fund for "low-income, vulnerable populations displaced by the destruction."

Hammett told the San Francisco Chronicle the "mental and psychological toll" from the fires has been on his mind after one of the blazes nearly torched his Sonoma County home.

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