James Hetfield of Metallica did his first public performance since last fall’s rehab stint Thursday night in Beverly Hills, California.

Hetfield performed at a tribute to the late Eddie Money that also featured Sammy HagarGeorge ThorogoodJohn WaiteMickey Thomas of Starship and Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon. The event was a benefit for MusiCares and the USC Eddie Money Cancer Research Fund.

Before he performed “Baby Hold On,” Hetfield said he first met Money at an Oakland Raiders football game where Money was performing the national anthem. Watch Hetfield’s speech and performance on YouTube.

(Premiere Classic Daily)