Mickey Guyton performs onstage during Global Citizen Festival 2022: New York at Central Park on September 24, 2022 in New York City. James Hetfield of Metallica performs onstage during Global Citizen Festival 2022: New York at Central Park on September 24, 2022 in New York City.

At Saturday’s (September 24) Global Citizen Festival in New York City, rock met country in a very powerful way. Country singer Mickey Guyton, who performed a solo set earlier in the day, joined the famed band for one of their biggest hits. Guyton, 39, sang a version of “Nothing Else Matters.” Last year, Guyton recorded a version of the song for The Metallica Blacklist. With both artists on the bill, it seemed like a given that they’d perform it together, and the results were very cool.  When she joined the band on stage, James Hetfield joked, “Finally! We have a real singer!”

The band’s hour-long setlist also included classics like “Creeping Death,” “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “Enter Sandman,” “Sad But True,” “The Unforgiven,” “Wherever I May Roam,” and “Master of Puppets.”

The band posted a series of photos on Instagram getting chummy alongside Guyton. Her most popular songs are “Remember Her Name” and “All American.” Last year, Guyton made history at the 63rd Grammy Awards by being the first Black solo female artist to earn a nomination in a country music category. A month later at the 2021 Academy of Country Music Awards, she became the first Black female artist to host a major country music awards show.

As of Sunday afternoon, a video of the Metallica/Mickey Guyton collaboration has not been posted officially. But you can see a fan-shot video of Guyton performing with Metallica in Central Park, New York City below:

Here’s Guyton’s original cover of “Nothing Else Matters!” from 2021:

These 20 Artists Have Sold the Most Concert Tickets in the Past 40+ Years

Pollstar, a tour industry publication, has released a list of the artists who have sold the most concert tickets since 1980. On that list are some of rock’s most iconic acts.

Topping the concert ticket sales list was U2 with over 26 million tickets sold. Pollstar noted of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame group’s humble early days, “U2’s first show recorded in the archives was a performance for 1,440 patrons at Warfield Theatre in San Francisco on Nov. 29, 1981, during the band’s “October” tour supporting their second studio album. It was the fourth headlining trek in the group’s touring history and ran for about one year, wrapping in August 1982.”

A number of major rock acts are scattered throughout the top 2o of the massive 150 artist ranking. Among them are Bon Jovi, the Eagles, Metallica, Paul McCartney and more.

Scroll below and see which acts made the top 20 of Pollstar’s Top Touring Artists list along with their total touring grosses.

  • 20. Ed Sheeran

    Tickets sold: 11,865,380

  • 19. Tim McGraw

    Tickets sold: 12,266,482

  • 18. George Strait

    Tickets sold: 12,287,930

  • 17. Coldplay

    Tickets sold: 12,532,987

  • 16. Neil Diamond

    Tickets sold: 12,948,499

  • 15. Rod Stewart

    Tickets sold: 13,173,925

  • 14. Jimmy Buffett

    Tickets sold: 13,297,669

  • 13. Aerosmith

    Tickets sold: 13,336,974

  • 12. Phish

    Tickets sold: 13,501,959

  • 11. Trans-Siberian Orchestra

    Tickets sold: 15,276,864

  • 10. Grateful Dead

    Tickets sold: 15,549,243

  • 9. Kenny Chesney

    Tickets sold: 16,410,448

  • 8. Billy Joel

    Tickets sold: 16,973,102

  • 7. Bon Jovi

    Tickets sold: 17,750,044

  • 6. Metallica

    Tickets sold: 19,468,173

  • 5. Elton John

    Tickets sold: 19,756,467

  • 4. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

    Tickets sold: 20,845,687

  • 3. The Rolling Stones

    Tickets sold: 22,137,799

  • 2. Dave Matthews Band

    Tickets sold: 23,279,056

  • 1. U2

    Tickets sold: 26,178,043