Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Metallica: Live at Madison Square Garden
This past weekend (11/14 and 11/15) I was lucky enough to attend not one, but two, count them, one, two, Metallica shows. I was very excited about this and it didn’t disappoint. Maybe a little, but I’ll get to that later.
The first night was pretty great. The show started at 7pm on the dot with opening band Volbeat. They came all the way from Denmark (Yeah, I know!) and they were really fucking awesome. I need to go out and get their CDs or something. They had a really cool sound, kinda like rockabilly mixed with metal. And they completely won me over by teasing Raining Blood by Slayer at the end of their set. They did that both nights, and on the second night they also did a cover of a Misfits song, I couldn’t tell you the song because I don’t listen to the Misfits (Sorry). Fun band though.
Next up was Lamb of God. Now, my friend Adam got me into these guys a couple of years ago and I am very thankful for that. I saw them play back in 2007 while I was still in college (undergrad at SUNY Albany) with my friend Jeremy. We had a blast, it was a fucking amazing show, and we couldn’t hear anything for the next 3 days. Since I was sitting instead of being on the floor it was a different experience and one that I hope I never have to go through again for Lamb of God. They were great, I love them, but I can’t be seated. They played a few new songs from their album Wrath. I wish they played Contractor, but they didn’t. It was cool though, I got to hear Walk With Me in Hell, Laid to Rest, Ruin, and Black Label (They ended the show with that). The one thing that was a bummer was that they did the same set list for the second night too, so that was disappointing, considering it was Lamb of God’s last show of the tour. Also, the sound wasn’t as loud as I wanted it to be, but its fine I’ll make for it when they come back out and they play a smaller venue. They finished quarter to 9pm. Metallica didn't go on till almost 9:30pm. The waiting was hell.
Now on to Metallica, I love them. I’ve been a fan since high school. During high school they only put out 1 album, which was St.Anger. I know a lot of people hate that album, and compared to the other albums the put out its terrible, but since it was the first album by them to come out when I was a fan, it holds a special place in my heart. Now with Death Magnetic, it’s better than St. Anger, a lot better, but I don’t want to hear it, ever again.
The first night of the show they played six songs from the ten song CD. With that time they could have played Master of Puppets or old school songs to appease the long time fans. Now don’t get me wrong, I loved the show and had a great time the first night. The second night though, was so much better. It was louder, faster, and the crowd was more energetic and you could feel Metallica feeding off of the crowd. It was a blast. Some of my favorite songs were played, Dyer’s Eve, Creeping Death, Fade to Black, and Trapped Under Ice. I just hope that next time I see them they play less Death Magnetic and more Kill ‘Em All, Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets, and …And Justice for All. One day before I die I will be at a Metallica show where they will play Battery live, and hopefully if I’m lucky enough, I’ll see Orion played.