Metallica gifts a street musician a new drum kit after his was stolen

'Thank you for taking the time and the resources to support and help what I do'
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Anthony Eugene Sheriff, known as Sheriff Drumman, is a beloved performer in the Los Angeles area. With a massive 13-piece drum kit, a red Ford F-350 pickup truck outfitted with lights, a smoke machine, and a speaker system, Sheriff often stages elaborate marathon performances that always bring a crowd.

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Sheriff was the subject of an extensive Los Angeles Times profile after his truck and drum kit were stolen outside of his apartment.  “When I got outside, I had a total panic attack,” Sheriff said. “I fainted in front of my neighbors. I started screaming, I was calling for help like someone had shot me. It felt like the devastating news of a loved one being murdered.”

The kit took Sheriff nearly six years to build as the drumset included three snares, two bass drums (one with a double kick pedal) and a massive ride cymbal.

“It means the world to me,” Sheriff said of his custom drum kit. “Without drums, my life would have went a completely different way. There’s no other way to say it. It’s my therapy, it’s my fun, it’s my life.”

The truck was located a few days after it went missing, but his drum kit and other accessories were missing. He started a GoFundMe campaign to help with repairs and to build his setup back up.

Metallica caught wind of Sheriff’s situation and decided to step in and help. A representative met up with Sheriff in Hollywood and gifted him a brand new drum kit, NBC Los Angeles reports.

"Man, thank you guys so much," he said. "Thank you for taking the time and the resources to support and help what I do. I love you for that, and would love to meet you for a day in person."

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