JANUARY 29, 2009
NASSAU COLISEUM - LONG ISLAND, NY
THAT WAS JUST YOUR LIFE
THE END OF THE LINE
THE THING THAT SHOULD NOT BE
BROKEN, BEAT & SCARRED
SAD BUT TRUE
ALL NIGHTMARE LONG
(KIRK HAMMETT GUITAR SOLO #1)
THE DAY THAT NEVER COMES
MASTER OF PUPPETS
(KIRK HAMMETT GUITAR SOLO #2)
NOTHING ELSE MATTERS
STONE COLD CRAZY
SEEK AND DESTROY
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This was one hell of a concert!
Sold out show... over 15,000 fans... and over four hours of music!
The opening bands were "The Sword" and "Machine Head" - both of which are bands that I love and have been listening to a lot lately.
The Sword played a great set... mainly songs from their newest album ("Gods of the Earth") - but they played some "classics" from "Age of Winters" too - including "Iron Swan", which is my favorite of theirs.
Machine Head completely kicked ass! They mainly played songs from "The Blackening", including the songs "Clenching the Fists of Dissent" and "Halo". They also played their cover of Iron Maiden's "Hallowed Be Thy Name" - which had the entire arena going crazy and singing along - (and which made me very happy, of course!).
Then the arena goes dark... the heartbeat pulse starts... a few laser lights start scanning the center-stage... the first chords of "That Was Just Your Life" begin... and with the first vocals, a single spotlight shines on James - while the rest of the band remains in darkness for the entire song. The arena goes wild... but not nearly as wild as they do when the song ends... and all the lights come on - and we see the entire band for the first time, as they begin to play "The End of the Line".
The stage was set up in the center of the arena. Lars was on a circular platform at the exact center of the stage... and every few songs it would turn so that he'd face a different direction. The rest of the band moved all around... with James stopping to sing at one of the eight microphones they had around the stage.
Suspended over the stage were four HUGE metal coffins with lights - which would lower over the band and move around and such during some songs. There were four even larger ones at the corners of the arena.
There were flames shooting up from the stage...
There were lasers...
There were a couple-hundred big-ass black beach balls with Metallica logos on them, which dropped from the ceiling during "Seek And Destroy" (which the band performed with ALL of the house lights on - so they could see the entire audience).
There were mosh-pits all over the floor...
There was a pretty violent fight just before Metallica went on, which resulted in one guy being dragged out of the arena by a dozen security guards...
There were kids...
There were old dudes with long gray hair...
There was a ton of beer...
... and clouds of 'smoke' in the air.
And the music...
lets just say that Metallica was at their peak!
I'm not going to bore you with a complete song-by-song play-by-play. If you're really interested in how it was - go to www.livemetallica.com and you can purchase a download of the entire concert. (I already have it on my iPod!) Suffice it to say that this concert just kicked ass!
While this show wasn't even close to comparing with either of the Iron Maiden "Somewhere Back In Time Tour" shows Holly and I went to last year (the one at Madison Square Garden last June still reigns supreme as the single-best concert I've seen) - last night's show was definitely freakin' awesome... and is definitely in the Top 5 concerts I've seen... perhaps even making that #3 spot.
Basically - Metallica fuckin' rules!
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