Twitch (Hilariously) Replaces Metallica BlizzCon Performance With Elevator Music

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James Hetfield of Metallica performs on stage during a concert at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna, Austria on Aug. 16, 2019.

Between the laughs, fans pointed out the band was one the most outspoken acts when it came to creating musical streaming laws.

Twitch users were in stitches Friday night when the gaming channel of live streaming service placed lame music over Metallica rocking out at BlizzCon.

The iconic band was part of the opening ceremony of the annual gaming convention held by Blizzard Entertainment.

And as soon as James Hetfield and gang began to rock their classic, "For Whom the Bell Tolls," Twitch piped in generic, boring (free) music to avoid a Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown order. It appears only the Twitch gaming channel replaced the music.

The moment was enough for viewers to be in hysterics, the incident trending on Twitter Saturday morning. The event, dubbed "BlizzConline," was streamed this year due to the pandemic.

Between the laughs, fans pointed out the band was one the most outspoken acts when it came to creating musical streaming laws, suing Napster in 2000.

Last year, guitarist Kirk Hammett said the band's battle against streaming was, in hindsight, a lost cause.

"We didn't make a difference — we did not make a difference," Hammett told Dean Delray on the Let There Be Talk podcast. "It happened, and we couldn't stop it – because it was just bigger than any of us, this trend that happened that fucking sunk the fucking music industry. There was no way that we could stop it. ... What had happened was all of a sudden, it was just more convenient to get music and it was less convenient to pay for it, and there you have it."