When Metallica stormed Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium on Friday, it wasn’t just about the music—it was a convergence of rock legends, Hollywood stars, and unexpected camaraderie. The heavy metal show became a star-studded spectacle, as an eclectic mix of celebrities turned out to witness the sonic hurricane alongside a sea of die-hard fans.
In a striking display of cross-industry camaraderie, famous faces from the world of entertainment took a break from their bustling lives to enjoy Metallica’s mesmerizing performance. The guest list read like a who’s who of pop culture: the legendary John Travolta, the mighty Jason Momoa, the iconic Tommy Lee, the virtuoso guitarist John 5 of Mötley Crüe, the talented actress Adria Arjona, and the reality TV sensation Tom Sandoval from Vanderpump Rules—all shared the backstage vibes at the roaring event.
Even the heavy metal juggernaut Pantera and drummer Charlie Benante, renowned for his role in Anthrax and his recent stint with Pantera, joined in the celebration, capturing and sharing moments on Instagram that will undoubtedly become part of music folklore.
As reported by People – Charlie Benante couldn’t contain his excitement as he snapped selfies with his celebrity companions and gleefully recalled his encounters. As he reveled in the electrifying atmosphere, he found himself in a pizza-themed conversation with none other than John Travolta. The hilarity of folding two pizza slices together while on the move prompted fond memories of Travolta’s iconic “Saturday Night Fever” dance moves, setting the tone for a night filled with laughter and rock.
Benante wasn’t short of praises for his fellow attendees. Watching Jason Momoa, the charismatic force of nature, unleashing his energy in the pit became a highlight for the drummer, inspiring him to raise his own performance to new heights. His admiration extended to Adria Arjona, whom he met and connected with, as well as Tom Sandoval, whose presence injected an extra dose of fun into the evening.
Jason Momoa, not one to hold back, took to Instagram to document his experience. Selfies with the Metallica members and a heartfelt video where he shared his intentions of bringing his leukemia-stricken friend, Travis Snyder, to the concert added a poignant touch to the star-studded night. While Snyder couldn’t be present physically, Momoa ensured that he connected with Metallica via FaceTime, capturing unforgettable moments of guitarists James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett, as well as bassist Robert Trujillo.
This extraordinary convergence of stars illustrates the unifying power of music, as Metallica’s thunderous performance united fans and celebrities from all walks of life. The band’s “M72 World Tour,” in support of their 11th studio album “72 Seasons,” proves to be a tour de force, showcasing their undying influence across generations.
With a lineup that spans two nights in each city, the tour transcends traditional boundaries. Pantera, Mammoth, Five Finger Death Punch, and Ice Nine Kills bring their own brand of sonic mayhem, joining Metallica in a symphony of rock that resonates far beyond the music itself.