METALLICA, the All Within My Hands Foundation and its contributors commemorate Giving Tuesday with the launching of the pre-order for the limited-edition vinyl release of “Helping Hands… Live & Acoustic At The Masonic”. The double album, mixed by Greg Fidelman and newly mastered for vinyl by Reuben Cohen at Bernie Grundman Mastering, documents the inaugural “Helping Hands” benefit concert held in San Francisco on November 3.

“Helping Hands… Live & Acoustic At The Masonic” features rare acoustic renditions of hits and deep cuts spanning the METALLICA catalog (as well as covers of DEEP PURPLE, NAZARETH, BOB SEGER and BLUE ÖYSTER CULT classics), captured on 140-gram colored vinyl with proceeds donated to the band’s All Within My Hands Foundation. “Helping Hands… Live & Acoustic At The Masonic” continues AWMH‘s mission to fight hunger and to assist in creating sustainable communities through workforce education.

The album will be available February 1, 2019 at independent and digital retail around the world, all streaming services that feature METALLICA‘s music, and can be pre-ordered in the METALLICA store. All copies will include a download card.

In addition to the vinyl pre-order, METALLICA‘s Giving Tuesday offerings will include a limited-edition etched glass featuring the iconic Pushead artwork for “One”, with all net proceeds donated to AWMH.

The first-ever “All Within My Hands Helping Hands Concert And Auction” raised more than $1.3 million. Those resources will fund AWMH‘s efforts with partners at Feeding America and the American Association of Community Colleges.

The METALLICA family and the All Within My Hands Foundation board members are committed to running an organization of the highest integrity where expenses are kept to a minimum and are paid for entirely by the band, the board, and friends who have worked with the band over many years. As such, 100% of all donations from fans and third parties go to the organizations AWMH supports.

For more info and/or to make a donation, visit allwithinmyhands.org.

The track listing for “Helping Hands…Live & Acoustic At The Masonic”:

Disc One / Side A

01. Disposable Heroes
02. When A Blind Man Cries (DEEP PURPLE cover)
03. The Unforgiven

Disc One / Side B

01. Please Don’t Judas Me (NAZARETH cover)
02. Turn the Page (Bob Seger cover)

Disc Two / Side C

01. Bleeding Me
02. Veteran of the Psychic Wars (BLUE ÖYSTER CULT cover)
03. Nothing Else Matters

Disc Two / Side D

01. All Within My Hands
02. Enter Sandman
03. The Four Horsemen
04. Hardwired

Bandmembers James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Robert Trujillo and Lars Ulrich were joined by a quartet of backing musicians who provided additional percussion, keyboards, strings and vocal harmony.

Professionally filmed video footage of METALLICA performing the song “All Within My Hands” at “All Within My Hands Foundation Helping Hands Concert And Auction” can be seen below. Additional musicians in the clip are Avi Vinocur on mandolin and background vocals, David Phillips on pedal-steel, Henry Salvia on keyboards, and Cody Rhodes on percussion.

According to TMZ, AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry is back home, six days after he was hospitalized following an appearance with Billy Joel.

Sources close to Joe tell the site that Perry was released from the hospital Thursday and is now resting.

Only minutes after guesting with Joel on stage on Saturday night (November 10) at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Perry experienced shortness of breath and was treated by paramedics. The legendary rocker, who’s now 68, was taken out of the Garden on a stretcher after paramedics worked on him in his dressing room, reportedly inserting a tracheal tube down his throat at one point.

According to TMZ, doctors ran a series of tests and determined that Perry was suffering from a combination of allergies and fatigue.

Joe, who has reportedly had breathing issues his whole life, tweeted on Tueday that he was “doing well” and thanked fans “for all the love and support.”

As most fans will remember, back in July 2016, Perry collapsed during a HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES gig at Brooklyn, New York’s Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk.

Alice Cooper, who fronts the all-star covers band, recalled to CBS News at the time that he was unaware that Perry was perhaps not geared up for such a rigorous schedule. “I didn’t realize AEROSMITH only did two shows a week. Honestly, I just figured everybody was like me. I do five shows a week, and very physical shows. We were on our eighth show in 10 days. It was pretty brutal. I think [Joe] was dehydrated and basically exhausted. I talked to him before the show and he said, ‘I don’t think I’ve eaten anything in three days.’ I went, ‘Well, that’s not smart.'”

Cooper went on to squash the rumors that Perry had collapsed due to a coronary, explaining: “It wasn’t his heart, though, and it wasn’t anything vital, because four or five days later, he was on stage with us and I’d never seen him look so good.”

Perry is scheduled to kick off a solo tour on November 30 in support of his most recent solo album, “Sweetzerland Manifesto”.

Ever since TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA embarked on their first tour — a modest seven-show run of theaters in the Northeast and Midwest — in 1999, the group’s lineup has featured four members of SAVATAGE, the pioneering metal group from which TSO spawned: bassist Johnny Lee Middleton, drummer Jeff Plate and guitarists Al Pitrelli and Chris Caffery.

Two decades and hundreds of sold-out arena shows later, all four musicians still tour with the band each winter, albeit as members of different touring troupes — Pitrelli and Middleton are the longtime anchors of “TSO West,” while Plate and Caffery are stalwarts of “TSO East.” In 2015, vocalist Zachary Stevens — who fronted SAVATAGE from 1993 to 1999 and performed with the group that year during their one-off reunion show at Germany’s Wacken Open Air festival – began touring with TSO East as well.

This year’s TSO tour, which kicked off on November 14, sees the group nod prominently to its SAVATAGE origins. In addition to performing the instrumental “Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)” — a song originally recorded by SAVATAGE for their 1995 rock opera “Dead Winter Dead” — TSO has also added SAVATAGE‘s “Chance” to its concert setlists. Fan-filmed footage of both TSO troupes performing the song live can be seen below.

“Chance” originally appeared on SAVATAGE‘s 1994 album “Handful Of Rain”, the group’s first album after the death of guitarist Criss Oliva (brother of SAVATAGE co-founder and original vocalist Jon Oliva). It marked the band’s first usage of counterpoint vocals, which they later utilized on songs such as “One Child”, “Morphine Child” and “The Hourglass” (and which would also become a trademark of TSO albums). The song’s lyrics — written by the group’s late producer, Paul O’Neill — were inspired by the life of Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania during World War II who defied government orders by signing exit visas for thousands of Jewish refugees who otherwise would have been sent to concentration camps.

In a 2007 interview with Sea Of Tranquillity, Jon Oliva acknowledged the impact of the song. “I think ‘Chance’ is a great, great song,” he said, “and I think it was the start of what TSO would eventually be doing, so that was our first dabble in symphonic, orchestrated rock.”

TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA‘s 20th-anniversary tour continues through December 30.