Ever since i got into heavy metal when i was 12 years old, I have loved Metallica. The first song i heard was 'Enter Sandman' and ever since then i've listened to them through my teen years, and i've become a bigger and bigger fan throughout that time.
I also grew a passionate, hot throbbing love for James Hetfield, but that's private, haha.
So i'm 18 on April the 12th, and to celebrate, I got to go to see Metallica play in London for their World Magnetic tour with thier new allbum 'DEATH MAGNETIC'. Needless to say, i nearly peed my pants with excitement.
I was so nervous and excited to see them for REAL. I mean i'd seen them a million times on tv and internet, but i was actually going to see them in the *flesh*. The whole journey there i just kept saying ' oh my god, we're gonna breath the same AIR as them!!'
My god, the atmosphere was beautiful. I sang their songs all night long (or 'all nightmare long' if you like < metallica song.) The whole crowd was surging, it was absolutley immense. There wasn't one seat left empty. It's like the whole world turned up to express how much they loved Metallica - and i was part of it
They really haven't lost their touch. I dont believe they ever had, despite what some irritating so called 'fans' might say. Well, I've seen them live and they were amazing, and i dont say that lightly either! You could tell they loved what they do, they were so involved. They spent a whole HOUR over time to give people encors, and at the end all these Metallica beach balls floated down from the ceiling and people were hitting them like volley-balls Then they threw pics out into the audience! Although i had a pretty good spot in the crowd (seated, but on the floor just to the right of the stage) I unfortunately didnt get either of the goodies. Jamesy spoke to the crowd, as did Lars, and you could see their passion in their performance, you really could. I'm so proud to call myself a fan of theirs, there really is no band better on the planet. They're so close and tight knit, they work together so hard and come out producing astounding shows like that! 25 years and they're still going strong as ever. It's amazing.
Above the stage were these HUGE sets of lights in the shape of coffins (as seen on the Death Magnetic album) and they rotated as they played. Jamesy had this GORGEOUS spikey hairstyle with a blonde mohawk down the middle. Ooohh he's beautiful!
They even had their famous exploding pyrotechnic effects, and my god it was so amazing during Master of Puppets when everyone sang the chorus with him and all these flames exploded into the air and the lights were red! It was like a rock show in hell except it felt like heaven. We even FELT the wave of heat roll over us when the flames went up - it was so impressive.
I adore Metallica. They're dedicated, passionate, extremely talented men, and I would pay to see them time and time again.
What an amazing 18th birthday present! I'll remember this all my life.
I also got to see Machine Head, who were the support band for Metallica, and although i know they're world famous and very popular i'd never really gotten into their music before, so this was my first time hearing them, let alone seeing them live. They were pretty kick arse! Alot of the standing crowd were big fans of them already. But to be honest, they could never compare to Metallica. They just didnt have that veteran *connection* that Metallica have.
Metallica played all my favourites, and yes, that includes 'Nothing else matters' - one of the most beautiful songs ever made, and he sang like an angel. How he can sing so well live like that i'll never know.
I guess that's what you get from 25 years of being the most amazing, talented, influential band on the planet.
James, Lars, Kirk, Rob -
I dont need to say this - but i am SO happy i got to see you live!!! It was the best present ever.
I LOVE YOU METALLICA!
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