Metallica Donates $279,000 to Romanian Children's Hospital

Plus: the band joins forces with Greta Van Fleet

Metallica rocked Romania this week, and also left the European nation with a special gift.

The heavy metal legends have donated $279,000 to help build the first pediatric oncology and radiotherapy hospital in the country. The money will go to Daruieste Viata (The Give Life Association).

“The donation made by Metallica has a special meaning to our project,” said Daruieste Viata president Carmen Uscatu. "On one hand, their music inspires and touches so many Romanians, and at the same time so many Romanians are inspired by and contribute to the establishing of the first Pediatric Oncology and Radiotherapy Hospital in Romania, in order to give children with cancer a chance to live.”

The donation was made through Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation. It was formed in 2017 with the goal of enriching the lives of communities that have supported the band. Food banks across the world have been some of the biggest recipients of help.

Meanwhile, Metallica is embracing one of the best-known up and coming rock bands in the world. The band has added Greta Van Fleet as a supporting act for the six dates on the South American leg of its Worldwired Tour.

The young rockers from Michigan released their classic rock-infused debut album Anthem of the Peaceful Army last year, and members have said they’re already working on a follow-up that will be “quite different.”