Metallica did not expect to be spending time in New Orleans in late October, but the band shook off any rust that might have accumulated in the last couple of months to deliver a blistering set Saturday night (Oct. 27) for the Voodoo Arts + Music Experience.

The band, who signed on only after Green Day had to bow out of headliners, had a couple of weeks to prepare, and they delivered an 18-song set that did not disappoint.

The group opened the show with the older favorites 'Hit the Lights' and 'Master of Puppets,' and also rocked through their standards of 'Welcome Home (Sanitarium),' 'Fade to Black,' 'One,' 'For Whom the Bell Tolls,' and 'Enter Sandman.' 'Creeping Death,' 'Battery,' and set closer 'Seek and Destroy' wrapped up a powerful performance.

The set was one of few that fans will see in the coming months. The band has concluded their 'Death Magnetic' touring, and has been focusing their time on a 3D film before spending considerable studio time working on their next album. However, the group has announced several festival shows for 2013.

For those who didn't catch Saturday's stream of the full performance, check out pro-shot video of the first three tracks from the set -- 'Hit the Lights,' 'Master of Puppets,' and 'Holier Than Thou' -- below.

Watch Metallica's 'Hit the Lights' From the Voodoo Festival
Watch Metallica's 'Master of Puppets' From the Voodoo Festival
Watch Metallica's 'Holier Than Thou' From the Voodoo Festival
Metallica 2012 Voodoo Festival Set List

1. 'Hit the Lights'
2. 'Master of Puppets'
3. 'Holier Than Thou'
4. 'Harvester of Sorrow'
5. 'Of Wolf and Man'
6. 'Welcome Home (Sanitarium)'
7. 'All Nightmare Long'
8. 'Sad But True'
9. 'Fade to Black'
10. 'Orion'
11. 'One'
12. 'For Whom the Bell Tolls'
13. 'Blackened'
14. 'Nothing Else Matters'
15. 'Enter Sandman'
16. 'Creeping Death'
17. 'Battery'
18. 'Seek and Destroy'