Metallica charity album: Royal Blood supports Sussex children’s hospice Chestnut Tree House with unique interpretation of Sad But True

Royal Blood has chosen Sussex children’s hospice Chestnut Tree House as its charity for Metallica’s new release, marking the 30th anniversary of The Black Album.

The Metallica Blacklist will feature 12 songs and 53 artists, each contributing a unique interpretation of their favourite Black Album cut.

All profits will be donated to the charities chosen by each contributing artist and Metallica’s own foundation, All Within My Hands.

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Rock duo Royal Blood’s lead vocalist and bassist Mike Kerr who grew up in Worthing, and drummer Ben Thatcher, who grew up in Rustington, have done a cover of Sad But True and chosen to support Chestnut Tree House, near Arundel.

Brighton-based rock duo Royal Blood's lead vocalist and bassist Mike Kerr grew up in Worthing and drummer Ben Thatcher grew up in Rustington

Mike said: “Chestnut Tree House is my local children’s hospice and the care they provide for children with life-shortening conditions and their families is so important. I’m honoured to be able to help.”

In March, Mike raised more than £6,000 after completing the 4x4x48 Challenge, so this will be the second time this year that the Brighton-based band has supported the hospice.

The Metallica Blacklist, marking the 30th anniversary of the American heavy metal band’s fifth album, will be available on digital and streaming on September 10 and arrives on vinyl and CD on October 1. Visit for more information.