It had been too long since there was a Metallica stadium tour. For me, it was the show of the summer — even though I have watched like every concert they do on YouTube. Just an old fan boy. And it never gets old.
This tour had a set design Metallica had been using the past few years but I had never seen. Basically, 5 huge LED screens (that NIN had 10 years ago) showing the action. The guys are so small that unless you are like 5 rows back, you can’t see much.
So you get the big James!
Hoped this would show the scale but probably not.
Just a few songs in, the unthinkable happened — they stopped the show! See the lightning warning below. It had started raining and lightning was seen around the stadium. That white thing in the picture was the light rig and guys were working on those. Pretty much a lightning rod. We all found it ironic that Metallica had to stop for lightning — given their 2nd album is called “Ride the Lightning”.
The majority of the stadium was cleared and people hung out in the concourses. It was a bit claustrophobic in there.
When we finally got going again, it took forever to get back onto the floor. Made for some cool shots from a distance I guess.
Of course, Metallica published some video of each show. Here is a song from Denver!
They also did a “Thank You” video for each city. Nice touch. They played as the show ended and the crowd funneled out.
- Atlas, Rise!
- For Whom the Bell Tolls
- Creeping Death
- The Unforgiven
- — Lightening Delay —
- Now That We’re Dead
- Moth Into Flame
- Wherever I May Roam
- Sad but True
- Master of Puppets
- Fade to Black
- Seek & Destroy
- Fight Fire With Fire
- Enter Sandman
Of course, two of my favorite bands, Volbeat and Avenged Sevenfold, opened. However, I spent my time in the food and t-shirt lines for nearly their entire sets. Seen them before. Nothing much new. Hard to get close with a big crowd so I just enjoyed what I could.