Metallica’s livestream performance for BlizzCon has been overlaid with cheesy music by Twitch to avoid copyright infringement.
The legendary metal group was booked to play in the midst of this year’s virtual BlizzCon – an annual event for fans of Blizzard Entertainment games (Diablo, Starcraft, World Of Warcraft, Hearthstone) – but suffered an unfortunate censorship of what it looks like made like they were rocking to toddler music.
As AV Club writes, Metallica’s performance was fully featured on the official BlizzCon Twitch page and on the YouTube channel yesterday (February 19th), but was censored on the front page of the TwitchGaming show.
According to AV Club and Uproxx, the incident appears to have been an accidental rather than deliberate censorship to avoid a DCMA shutdown.
Fans were quick to highlight the issue and, with some joking, preferred 8-bit Cheesy music to Metallica music. “To be fair, I’d rather listen to the low-key music than Metallica,” wrote one person on Twitter. Another joked, “Just got Rick rolling”.
In other news, Metallica will appear in a new hard rock documentary Long Live Rock… Celebrate the Chaos, the official trailer for which was released earlier this month.
The film, slated for March 11, also features members of Rage Against The Machine, Guns N ‘Roses, and Slipknot.
The film has been shot at a number of rock festivals across the United States over the years and includes interviews with Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Guns N ‘Roses’ Duff McKagan, and many more.