There was no better way to end my 2008 concert season than going to Metallica with Kim. My shift to rock and metal started back in 1991 when my girlfriend at the time (now wife) took me to see a band that I only heard a few times. I left that show a changed man. I have lost track of how many times, how many cities, how many tours that I have seen Metallica on. I don’t have to “brush up” on my songs. I don’t listen to them everyday. But I know every song by heart — even a good portion of the new stuff.
We had a decent dinner at Lime — Yes, Mexican again. See a trend there? Good food but big drinks. Our two 21 oz margs were good but they put the smack down on Kim a bit. Oops. We got out of there and headed over to the Pepsi Center for the show. We purposely missed the two opening bands. I wasn’t too hot on them and Kim wasn’t excited about standing for so many hours through bands she never heard of. So we got there just as Down finished up.
We got some waters to cool those margs down. While in the bar, the big news came across the screen — Obama Elected President. Perfect night. Now, I can enjoy the show in peace. The usual theme from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly started playing and the lighters went up!
As the first song got underway, the laser light show began. There were these cool “coffin” looking light rigs hanging that were moving around via remote control cranes. The lasers were beaming out of those.
As you can see, we were on the floor. I am torn at the Pepsi Center between seats and the floor. You can get up close on the floor so its usually a good show from down there. Metallica puts the stage out in the middle of the floor and sort of plays in the “round”. So you get views of all band members and someone is usually right in your face most of the time.
They had the dumb “no cameras” signs up outside so I left mine in the car and just shot with the iPhone. Does OK up close but without a zoom, it leaves much to be desired. Here the coffin rigs dropped down and tilted up.
FWIW I thought the sound was fantastic last night. Very heavy and loud but clear. The acoustics in the Pepsi Center haven’t been the best at times before. But I thought it was really good last night. And of course, a Metallica show wouldn’t be complete without fire and flames! They had the big bursts at the start of One of course. But they also had these other “walls” of fire going that were these colored flames. My camera didn’t capture them well. The flames were like blue, purple and green. Cool effect.
Here you can see Lars out in the middle. His set turned every few songs. When he faced us, you could see the normal Lars. I love that guy.
James continues to be James. His between song dialog remains the same. I almost know what he is going to say before he says it. He was picking on one guy who was yawning and yelling that the lights were on him. Wake up, dude. Then he picked on some young boy with a funky haircut. Bet your Mom is proud of that, he said. Funny. Here we go with guitars blazing!
Towards the end of the show, my hip started hurting from the standing and bouncing. Been achy since the Denver Marathon. We also had to be up early to pick our kids up from the babysitter for school. So we opted to skip out before the encore and beat the traffic home. I have seen Metallica so many times that it was just good to be out and see the boys once again. Plus, you can download the live concert the next day so I will just hear the rest in the morning. And with that…we were off.
So after hitting ZERO concerts in 2007, I made up for it with 8 shows in 2008. Saw a few bands that I hadn’t ever seen live before and a few that I see every time that they come around. It was a good year in music for me in Colorado. But it was topped off by Kim returning as my concert buddy for 3 shows to round out the season. Looking forward to see what 2009 will bring!
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