Metallica performed this live for the first time in its entirety at the Orion Music + More music festival at Bader Field, Atlantic City, New Jersey on June 23, 2012, while performing all of the Ride the Lightning
album. Guitarist Kirk Hammett told Rolling Stone
: "When we played 'Escape' at the Orion Fest, we collectively agreed why we never play that song: It's not really a great song to play live. It's in the key of 'A,' like "The Call Of Ktulu
" and 'Metal Militia,' but the key of 'A' doesn't really work well for us for some reason or another."
"Playing that song was more of a novelty than anything else," he added, "but we loved playing all the other songs."