Good news for fans of Metal everywhere, The 2013 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival has announced the artists and dates that will keep heads swinging on both ends of the country this summer. Rob Zombie will headline and play along side Amon Amarth, Mastodon, Five Finger Death Punch while Children of Bodom, Behemoth, Battlecross and Machine Head will occupy the rest of your festival day. Check out the dates below, along with a announcement video that every festival seems to be doing these days. For more information, head over to the official festival website.
Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival 2013 Dates:
June 29 – San Bernardino, CA // San Manuel Amphitheater
June 30 – Mountain View, CA // Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 2 – Nampa, ID // Idaho Center Amphitheatre
July 3 – Auburn, WA // White River Amphitheatre
July 5 – Phoenix, AZ // Desert Sky Pavilion
July 6 – Albuquerque, NM // Isleta Amphitheatre
July 7 – Englewood, CO // Fiddler’s Green Ampitheatre
July 10 – Toronto, ON // Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
July 12 – Burgettstown, PA // First Niagara Pavilion
July 13 – Camden, NJ // Susquehanna Bank Center
July 14 – Darien Center, NY // Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
July 16 – Mansfield, MA // Comcast Center
July 17 – Bangor, ME // Bangor Waterfront
July 19 – Scranton, PA // Toyota Pavilion
July 20 – Saratoga Springs, NY // Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 21 – Hartford, CT // The Comcast Theatre
July 23 – Holmdel, NJ // PNC Bank Arts Center
July 24 – Bristow, VA // Jiffy Lube Live
July 26 – Noblesville, IN // Klipsch Music Center
July 27 – Tinley Park, IL // First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
July 28 – Clarkston, MI // DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 30 – Atlanta, GA // Lakewood Amphitheatre
July 31 – Tampa, FL // 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre
August 2 – Austin, TX // Tower Amphitheatre
August 3 – The Woodlands, TX // Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
This was the Metalocalypse tour on November 27th, 2012. The tour featured Dethklok, Machine Head, All That Remains, and The Black Dahlia Murder. This metal event took place at the legendary Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, California where hundreds of now famous bands have left their mark. Due to my work schedule and not enough time to get there, I missed The Black Dahlia Murder but I made it in time for All That Remains and the rest of the bands. All That Remains kept the crowd pumped through the show. There were mosh pits going the whole time. They put on a decent show but I’m not too familiar with their music.
After them, Machine Head came up. Robb Flynn had just returned from surgery from a double inguinal hernia. It was a little disappointing that they only played 6 songs since I was looking forward to a longer show. They started the show with the song “This is the End” off of their new album, Unto the Locust. Robb Flynn stopped to talk to us about Disney banning them from playing near any of their theme parks so they can no longer play in Anaheim, California. Their show on December 4th in Orlando, Florida was also cancelled for that reason. Machine Head proceeded to play “Aesthetics of Hate” as a big F-you to Disney. They also played “Locust” which was another single off of the new album. They finished the show with Halo which is one of their best songs.
The headlining band for the night was the Adult Swim band from the show, Metalocalypse, Dethklok. Although the band itself is a cartoon, there are live performers for their live performances. The singer/guitarist for the band is Brendon Small which is also the creator of the show and voices some of the characters from Metalocalypse. The drummer is the legendary drummer, Gene Hoglan who has played with numerous metal bands throughout his career including Death, Testament, and Dark Angel.
They used a lot of theatrics for their show and lights. They opened with the first song off of their newest album, Dethklok III, which was “I Ejaculate Fire”. Throughout the night they did a good job of playing songs from all their albums. During small intermissions in between some songs, they put up videos on the screen from other Metalocalypse characters to entertain us. During their show I noticed their sound seemed to be a bit off since I had trouble hearing Brendon while he sang unless I was in a tough spot for his singing. This show is definitely a must for any and all metal heads that are looking for a night of non-stop metal.
Me with Robb Flynn(left, Machine Head) and Gene Hoglan(right, Dethklok)
Slipknot is launching their own music festival. Dubbed Knotfest, the event will hit the Midwest for two incredible days of music and more this August. The event will rock Council Bluffs Iowa on the 17th and Minneapolis Minnesota (technically Wisconsin) on the 18th. Lineups for each day are as follows:
08/17/12 – Mid-America Motor Complex – Council Bluffs Iowa:
Slipknot, Deftones, Lamb of God, Dethklok, Serj Tankian, The Urge, Prong, Dirtfedd
Update 08/08/12: This cruise has been cancelled. Click here for more information
Good news metal heads, cruises are no longer just for your out of touch parents. From the fine folks who bring you the annual Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, it’s the Mayhem Cruise. Departing for the Bahamas from Miami on December 7th, 2012 the four day trek will feature performances from many of your favorite heavy metal acts. Some of the musical highlights include Lamb of God, Anthrax and Hatebreed. In addition, the cruise will feature DJ sets from JDevil (Jonathan Davis of Korn) and DJ Starscream (Sid of Slipknot).
Ticket packages start at $699 and payment options are available. For more details, check out the official site by clicking here.
I have been a fan of Machine Head since before the ” Burning Red ” album was released. That CD release show was one of the first shows I have ever attended at Pop’s Concert and Nightclub in beautiful, sunny Sauget, IL. Its hard to believe its been over 10 years since that day or summer. A lot has changed, new albums, new haircuts, new groupies and a lot has stayed the same. Hard fucking music brought to you as only Machine Head can. Brutal, unforgiving and in your face. When Robb Flynn and Co. decided to bring a winter tour to St. Louis and I couldn’t help but go. Oh the memories.
A show prior to this my car battery died completely, oh well thats what happens when you drive, shit breaks. So with my battery being shot, I decided to call and try and find a ride. It wasn’t hard, one of my good friends and die hard St. Louis Metal fan Matt decided to be nice enough to give me a ride to the show. Before heading out we grabbed a few Schlafly Pale Ale’s as a gift for the band Darkest Hour. Schlafly is a great St. Louis brewer and they make exceptional beer, they also sponsor great music and events. After grabbing a few beers myself we rolled towards Pop’s in search of good times, strippers and music.
We found all 3 numerous times upon entering Pop’s glorious parking lot. After finding a spot next to the buses we had to wait a whole 5 minutes before Lonestar from Darkest Hour came outside. My friend Matt and him chatted about the weather, beer, and music in a 3 minute chat. They kept it brief as Darkest Hour was to hit the stage in less than an hour and it was 22 degrees in St. Louis with a breeze that kills. I had killed a few beers by this time and I was hoping I could have a couple more inside. Well the math wasn’t right, I had 23 dollars the show was $22 day of show. Then someone asked me the magic question. Do you need a ticket they asked? ” Yeah how much ? ” I replied. When he told me 10 dollars I was super excited. Just what I needed more alcohol, and we were in.
It was your typical metal show, lots of black shirts featuring the words fuck and bitch. I made my way to the floor to watch Darkest Hour. They hail from Washington D.C and bring the metal all over this globe. They took the stage on time and wasted no time in putting on a show that sent those in attendance to see them to go crazy, my friend Matt included.
He hyped this band up quite a bit and they did not let down. They played ” The World Engulfed In Flames ” to open their set and played it with a raw intensity. It was a great start to what would turn out to be a great show.
Singer John Henry was very into his job at vocals working both sides of the stage, and never letting the shows energy to slip back down. He was a great front man to watch work the stage.
Darkest Hour has recorded 7 albums in the past 10 years and paid a lot of dues across America among other countries. They played a variety of songs off of their collection of albums. One that stood out in my mind being the first time seeing them live was, ” A Thousand Words To Say But One ” off of the 2005 release ” Undoing Ruin “. This song really showed how together these guys are as a group.
They played a incredible set, I really enjoy these guys and look forward to seeing them back in the future. On the way down to the show Matt told me the song ” Doomsayer ” changed the way he viewed music. I respect Matt’s opinion very much and that is a major statement. So we sat on the way to the show and listened to that song twice, and it was only right they would end with ” Doomsayer ” and left the crowd charged and waiting more.
After the brief set change, the lights went dark and the crowd once again rushed the floor. Up next from Southern California was Suicide Silence. A lot of people have negative things to say about this band. The handful of times I have met them or seen them live they have always rocked and treated me and other fans with respect. They brought a sizeable chunk of the crowd that night and the floor got crazy when they started off the set with ” You Only Live Once ” which is off of their latest release ” The Black Crown “.
After first seeing them in 2008 at some local club that was packed to the walls, I have seen them countless other times over the years. They always put on a great show and take performing seriously. Lead singer Mitch Lucker loves his circle pits and would call for one almost every song to which the crowd was happy to help. It was great seeing half the crowd try for the circle pit and the other half sit there and wonder whats going on?
They had a good variety of songs during thier 40 minute set. Such as songs from the 2007 debut release ” The Cleansing ” such as the fan favorite ” No Pity For A Coward “. That got the hardcore Suicide fans revved up in a frenzy. They encouraged the crowd surfers that were flying over the barricade almost faster than security could catch them.
Towards the end of the set they still had the crowd eating out of their hands. After playing ” Smoke ” off of 2009’s ” No Time To Bleed ” album it was time for the metal show staple ” The Wall of Death “. It went over great as it normally does at Pop’s the crowd loved it and it got them to go even crazier than they were already. They followed that up with ” Disengage ” which is the last song on the ” No Time To Bleed ” album.
After Suicide finished their set, the anticipation grew as we waited for Machine Head to take the stage. The crowd chanted ” Machine Fuckin’ Head ” as the lights went out. They came out and rocked the song ” I AM HELL ” for the St. Louis crowd, red lights lit the stage giving even more feeling to the song. It was a great song to open with and people wasted no time in showing everyone else what Machine Head shows are all about.
” I Am Hell ” is a single off of the album ” Unto The Locust ” which was released in 2011. They continued the destruction with ” Imperium ” off of 2004’s ” Through The Ashes Of Empires ” which the crowd went crazy for screaming the chorus as loud as they possibly could. It seemed to get louder and louder and the show progressed.
This show reminded me of all the other great Machine Head shows I had seen here over the past decade or so. At one point frontman Robb Flynn told the crowd about the first time he came to Pop’s and how much he loved playing here, then he asked ” How many of you crazy motherfuckers are going to be here next time? ” It was obvious that they hadn’t lost any steps and that they will have a crowd in St. Louis for a long time to come.
I enjoyed the intro Robb did for the song ” Locust ” off of their latest effort ” Unto The Locust ” and they rocked it. The crowd was very into it and let them know it. During the next song ” This Is The End ” crowd surfers were flying everywhere.
After a Cheers with the crowd and waking the crowd up. Robb Dedicated ” Aesthetics Of Hate ” to Dimebag. It was a fitting tribute for a metal legend that deserves to remembered as much as possible.
It was great seeing such a awesome band from my younger years still tearing shit up, Adam Duce the bass player was as fierce as ever.
The Drums were on point, Phil Demmel was ripping up some crazy solo’s on lead guitar. They had a great setlist featuring songs we have grew to expect at a Machine Head show.
“10 Ton Hammer” and ” Bulldozer ” got the great response that each should. Lot’s of bodies flying and slamming into each other, in the crazy pit that grew with each song.
Machine Head left the stage briefly after 60 minutes and 13 songs. They came back out to rock the crowd with ” Halo ” off of 2008’s album ” The Blackening ” and closed the set with ” Davidian” off of 2005’s album ” Elegies “. It was a great performance from a band that always delivers. MACHINE FUCKIN’ HEAD tore it down once again.
After Machine Head’s set, I sat and chatted about concerts, touring and life as of late with Mitch from Suicide Silence, he was just chillen, enjoying a Coor’s Light and the crowds company. He took time to sign autographs and take pictures with all of his fans left in attendance. It is cool to see people so eager to meet their fans. This show has a great lineup, each band has a great set and it is a great time. I walked out of Pop’s slightly drunk and ears ringing and headed straight to White Castle as I do after most shows. Go see this show, go support these bands and pick up some albums. ‘
Darkest Hour has ” The Human Romance ” and 6 other albums instores
Suicide Silence has ” The Black Crown ” and 2 other albums instores
Machine Head has ” Unto The Locust ” and 6 other albums instores
DARKEST HOUR SET LIST 01.17.2012 SAUGET, IL POP’S
The World Engulfed in Flames
Savor the Kill
With a Thousand Words to Say but One
Violent by Nature
Love as a Weapon
Your Everyday Disaster
Doomsayer (The Beginning of the End)
SUICIDE SILENCE SET LIST 01.17.2012 SAUGET, IL POP’S
Fourth Annual Rockstar Mayhem Festival To Hit North America This Summer
Dates and artist for the fourth annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festivalhave been announced. The trek will kick off in San Bernardino, CA on July 9th and wrap August 14th in West Palm Beach, Florida. The tour will once again have dueling side stages featuring the likes of Suicide Silence, Kingdom of Sorrow and Unearth. The main stage will feature Trivium, In Flames, Machine Head, Megadeth, Godsmack and headliners Disturbed. Why Megadeth is playing below Godsmack and Disturbed is beyond us, but then again we are music snobs and not the typical simple minded mainstream rock fans sending Godsmack and Disturbed to the top of the charts time and time again.
Take note: On July 9th in San Bernardino, CA, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim’s metal cartoon phenomenon DETHKLOK will perform in the place of MEGADETH, and colossal Bay Area thrash kings TESTAMENT will perform in the place of IN FLAMES. TESTAMENT will also perform in the place of IN FLAMES on the July 10th Mountain View, CA date. MEGADETH will not be appearing on the Montreal, QC Heavy MTL date. Other bands will be announced for Heavy MTL soon.
Rockstar Mayhem Festival tour dates:
7/9 — San Manuel Amphitheater — San Bernardino, CA
7/10 — Shoreline Amphitheatre — Mountain View, CA
7/12 — White River Amphitheatre — Auburn, WA
7/13 — Idaho Center Amphitheater — Nampa, ID
7/15 — Desert Sky Pavilion — Phoenix, AZ
7/16 — Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents The Pavilion — Albuquerque, NM
7/17 — Comfort Dental Amphitheater — Englewood, CO
7/19 — Verizon Wireless Amphitheater — Maryland Heights, MO
7/20 — Riverbend Music Center — Cincinnati, OH
7/22 — Comcast Center — Mansfield, MA
7/23 — Parc Jean-Drapeau — (Heavy MTL) — Montreal, QC /www.heavymtl.com
7/24 — Comcast Theater — Hartford, CT
7/27 — PNC Bank Arts Center — Holmdel, NJ
7/29 — First Niagara Pavilion — Burgettstown, PA
7/30 — Jiffy Lube Live — Bristow, VA
7/31 — Susquehanna Bank Center — Camden, NJ
8/2 — Virginia Beach Amphitheater — Virginia Beach, VA
8/3 — Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek — Raleigh, NC
8/5 — First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre — Tinley Park, IL
8/6 — DTE Energy Music Theatre — Clarkston, MI
8/7 — Verizon Wireless Music Center — Noblesville, IN
8/9 — Zoo Amphitheatre — Oklahoma City, OK
8/10 – Gexa Energy Pavilion — Dallas, TX
8/12 — Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood — Atlanta, GA
8/13 — 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre — Tampa, FL
8/14 — Cruzan Amphitheatre — West Palm Beach, FL
Make sure to visit the festivals official website for up to the minute details on the trek.
Words/Photos by Reverend Justito/concertconfessions.com
This past Tuesday night, I headed to Club Nokia here in Los Angeles to check out the first annual Epiphone/Revolver Golden Gods Awards presented by Honda Fury. I met up with our contest winner Jeff (cool guy) and fellow talesfromthepit.net user Cheryl (a.k.a. Krazy For Korn/also very cool) to check out the whose who of heavy metal (the show even included a black carpet instead of the traditional red). Despite the fact that the winners list leaked on blabbermouth.net a few hours before the show, it is not my goal to tell you about the winners here You can simply watch the show on MTV2 on May 2nd who won the rather unique awards.
God presenting an award to the Rainbow Bar & Grill
Part of the advertising in local street papers and the internet that made me excited for this show was a DJ set by Corey Taylor of Slipknot. I have a lot of respect for Taylor and thought watching him DJ would be a real treat. No disrespect to Taylor, he picked a great mix of metal (everything from Priest and Black Sabbath to White Zombie and Pantera) and punk (Minor Thread anyone?). I however expected him to spin vinyl, not play songs from his IPOD. “Spinning” from the venues soundboard, Taylor was kind enough to take photos with fans and seemed to be having a blast. Most important, he got the crowed pumped up for the evening, one classic at a time.
Corey Taylor - Golden Gods 09: Club Nokia, Los Angeles CA
The first musical performance of the evening was Killswitch Engage. I was somewhat shocked that they opened the show, but looking back, you want a big opening for television and they definitely can fill those shoes. The band opened with the Guitar Hero hit “My Curse”. As the crowd simply stood and watched like it was a Tuesday night in Silver Lake, guitarist Adam D taunted the crowd, calling them names the censors will have to remove from the broadcast. Up next was a new song (name unknown) that very well may have been making its live debut. Just my impression – it felt very light and I hate to say it but an attempt at a commercial hit. The band closed their three song set with their cover of Dio’s “Holy Diver.” About ½ way though the song, the venue opened up the second section of the three tiered lower floor. Many including myself moved up to be closer to the action. As front man Howard Jones belted out the classic, Adam D continued to call the crowd another word for cats. The band thanked the crowd and left the stage, seeming disappointed by the lack luster response.
The second performance of the night was by Riverside Grindcore up and comers Suicide Silence. I had never heard the music of this five piece band and all I have to say is this. Heavy fucking elephant tits. Wow, these guys were amazing. The band wore typical sneakers and tight black jeans, but up top the band had on white button up shirts, black ties and nice suit jackets. As the band played their four song set, the nights first circle pits got going up on the front of the floor. These guys won me over big time, and I will be seeking them out again for sure.
Mitch Lucker of Suicide Silence - Golden Gods 2009: Club Nokia - Los Angeles, CA
I don’t recall what award he gave out, but Hatebreed front man (and this decades Rikki Rachtman) Jamey Jasta warned the crowd that he expected to see EVERYONE moving during his bands set. When they hit the stage a few minutes later, the the audience did not disappoint the Connecticut hardcore band. They opened the set with “Destroy Everything” which the fans took to heart. Many were upset that they were stuck on the second tier of the lower floor (the front section of the floor was limited to 100 people who got paper bracelets allowing them access up front) and decided to simply hop the rail. This continued into the second song “To The Threshold” as the circle pit in the front grew larger and larger. Jasta was very talkative during the brief set. In between shout outs to Cypress Hill’s Sen Dog (who was in the circle pit wearing a Black Label Society leather vest) the front man reminded the audience that they were on TV and that they were to get crazy. Hands down, Hatebreed (who I have never seen, but always wanted too) played the most high energy and brutal set of the night.
Hatebreed @ the 2009 Golden Gods Awards: Club Nokia Los Angeles, CA
The fourth band of the night was All That Remains. A lot of people in the section I was in seemed very upset that they were the next to last band. Another band I don’t know much about, the first song they played was not only very out of place, but rather terrible. Front man Philip Labonts vocals sounded weak and powerless. If Godsmack is Alice in Chains on their worst day, All That Remains is Godsmack after their worst week ever. As the crowd booed between songs, (something the crowd did a lot over the night. Metallica, Protest The Hero, and Atreyu front man Alex Varkatzas were all booed) the band shrugged it off and kept rolling. I will say this, each song (they played three total) seemed to get better, but really that’s just me trying to find something positive to say.
All That Remains - Golden Gods 2009: Club Nokia Los Angeles, CA
The night closed with a set that left many deaf (myself included) by Megadeth. The three song set list was voted on by fans. The legends opened with “Peace Sells”. With the bass line that doubles as the into music for MTV News, the band launched into the 1986 classic as many in the house went crazy. The song went right into the bands second number – “Sweating Bullets.” The band sounded tight as pits swirled and Mustaine sang the psycho vocals with his signature growl. The band closed their set with “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due”. This is one of my favorite Megadeth songs, and for the first time all night I wish I could hop the rail to get into the main pit. The band killed it as it cranked out the legendary thrash number. As fast as they came, the band left the stage much to the disappointment of many fans who paid expecting a longer set. With that, the first ever North American metal show came to an end. Make sure to check it out May 2nd on MTV2. Look for me bootlegging in the Lamb Of God t-shirt :)
Megadeth - Golden Gods 2009: Club Nokia Los Angeles, CA 04/07/09
Megadeth 04/07/09 – Club Nokia Los Angeles, CA
Corey Taylor of Slipknot DJing Before The 2009 Golden God Awards
Corey Taylor – Golden Gods 09: Club Nokia, Los Angeles CA
WWE Wrestler CM Punk Introducing Killswitch Engage 04/07/09
Killswitch Engage – Golden Gods 2009: Club Nokia – Los Angeles, CA 04/07/09
It was somewhere during their second song during their second night in Los Angeles (ok, Inglewood) that I realized – I have never actually seen Metallica live.Sure, this was my 5th Metallica concert, but every time I have been in the back of the arena/stadium/amphitheatre. Not this time however, as I lucked into a below market value pit ticket for the greatest heavy metal band on the planet.I hoped into my car and after two hours of brutal ..Southern California.. traffic, I found myself on the floor of the once famous Forum for a night of Bay Area fueled heavy
James Hetfield of Metallica 12/18/08
Knowing that I had already missed the opening set by The Sword, after multiple security checks I made it into the one time home of the Los Angeles Kings & Lakers during Machine Head’s set.While it was nice to see Machine Head after all these years (the other time I saw them was during their rap rock phase when they played at the Fillmore in San Francisco back in 1999), the opening act was supposed to be Lamb of God.When the earlier pro sports teams moved across town to Staples Center, the Forum was purchased by an African American church.While they allow acts such as Slipknot, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Motley Crue and Metallica use their venue, Lamb of God is banned.While Jesus may forgive sinners, the Faithful Central Bible Church has not forgiven Lamb of God for once being called Burn The Priest.Thus they are banned.Machine Head made mention to this before playing a cover of Iron Maiden’s classic “Hallow Be Thy Name”.I got to catch a song from their latest record The Blackening before they closed with their 1994 classic “Davidian”.As with just about every band that I have seen open for Metallica, the sound was less than stellar, but after being on the road for God knows how long, the few songs I got to see Machine Head play were both brutal yet flawless.
Machine Head Open For Metallica 12/18/08
I mingled with various folks while the road crew set up for the main event.I met Beavis and Butthead, watched them hit on a mother/daughter combo.I talked to the kid in the SF Giants hat (my team for those scoring at home) who managed to snag the plastic cup Rob Flynn of Machine Head threw out at the end of the set (for the record, it had ROOT beer in it).The crowd in my section of the floor (keep in mind that Metallica is playing In The Round) was a mix of three generations of Metallica fans.I met folks who first saw the band open for Ozzy back in the Master of Puppet days.I was the kid who discovered them during The Black Album, but was not old enough to see them till they toured behind Load.I also met some young kids who were about to watch their first Metallica show.It did not matter what generation you joined the family during, we were all tightly squished five feet from the stage, and when the lights went down and The Ecstasy of Gold played over the PA, the family got a lil crazy.
Metallica 12/18/08 Inglewood, CA
As the band hit the stage, they opened with “That Was Just Your Life” from their new album Death Magnetic.A return to their roots, the first part of the show featured multiple songs from their most recent #1 record.“The End of The Line” got so crazy that it forced two small circle pits into one large sea of swirling sweaty souls.While not mellow at all, “Broken, Beat and Scarred” gave the crowd a bit of a breather, especially after the pyrotechnic spectacle that is “One” wrapped with its speedy palm muted riffs.Sandwiched back to back between Metallica classics were the new hits “All Nightmare Long” and “The Day That Never Comes”.Both were brutal, and made all of us forget all about St. Anger (which the band wisely avoided playing anything off of).
Lars Ulrich - Metallica 12/18/08
With the amount of tracks from their debut album Kill Em All, one would think they were seeing a tour to support that record.Mixed throughout the entire set, the family was treated to such thrash metal masterpieces as “The Four Horsemen”, “Hit The Lights” “Fight Fire With Fire”, “Motorbreath” & “Seek and Destroy”.With the last song of the encore being “Seek and Destroy” large Metallica beach balls were dropped from the roof of God’s house making the gig look more like a New Years Eve bash then a cold autumn night in December.
Kirk Hammet in Inglewood, CA 12/18/08
The only other time I saw a show in the round was Metallica back in 1996.I hated that stage (I think it may have had something to do with where I was sitting inside the Cow Palace), but this time around it worked really well.With the three non seated members running around, it allowed you to focus better on each individual member.I noticed the crowd seemed to follow James whichever side of our stage he was on.Kirk seemed to spend much more time on the other side of the arena, but did pay a visit.The newest member of Metallica – Rob Trujillo is such a beast, I think he managed to be on all four corner of the stage at the same time. Lars, not wanting to ignore anyone who made it inside the gig had a drum set that made quarter turns throughout the night.I also noticed famed rock photographer Ross Haflin (you have probably seen him on various VH1 specials) taking photos of the band during their set.Not that anyone cares about that dude but me, and well maybe the guy smoking Crystal Meth a few feet away from me.
Rob Haflin Photographs Metallica 12/18/08
If Metallica now has three generations of fans, my generation (The Black Album) was well represented as well.“Sad But True”, “Wherever I May Roam” “Nothing Else Matters” and “Enter Sandman” (which closed out the main set) all ended up like camp fire sing along by the sold out crowd.In fact, on many numbers, front man James Hetfield didn’t even have to bother to sing, he let the crowd do it for him.
Metallica - 12/18/08 The Forum, Inglewood, CA
While every show I have seen Metallica do over the last 12 years has been radically different, I truly feel like after this show I have seen Metallica.They were in my face.When I snapped photos, James made sure to smile.I don’t know if I can say it was the best Metallica show I have seen, and I don’t know if it was the most fun (I did go by myself after all).However, it may have been the first and last time I got to witness these legends From The Pit, and for that I am forever thankful.