|Yeah we were this close. No phone zoom here on the pics.|
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Metallica ( bit of a rant ) and Volbeat in concert
This past weekend we hit St. Louis for a concert, Volbeat and Metallica.
Now I am a big fan of Volbeat.
Metallica and I…well…have a strenuous relationship at best. When it comes to them their first five albums (and yes I’m counting Garage Days in this) is some of my favorite music of all time. Then the Black album arrived. It was the first time I heard Metallica on the top 40 radio stations. This really shook my foundations as a fan. Top 40 radio Metallica? It was now mass consumption Metallica? I had no idea what was happening. This seemed to against their M.O. for so many years.
Then the over playing of Enter Sandman, Sad but True, Nothing Else Matters and Unforgiven started. People were running those songs into the ground. It was pretty awful to see people who decried them as garbage and noise now becoming “fans” of them. I was so confused. This trend continued, and still does today.
Then the Napster event happened and seeing Lars throw a hissy bitch fit about losing money by people downloading songs was beyond pathetic! Nothing makes me sicker than famous people complaining about their “problems.” Nothing is more metal than whining about illegally downloaded music and lost money.
Then the Some Kind of Monster documentary came out. That didn’t help matters either. Seeing a band you really like seem to fall apart was weak sauce. I don’t need to see and know about their personal issues with one another. I don’t need to see Metallica’s dirty laundry aired for monetary gain. Plus Jason Newstead left the band about this time and I really liked that guy on bass.
Then add in the much weaker albums: Load and Re-Load. Then the abysmal Death Magnetic and St. Anger arrive. By this time I was done with Metallica and any music from them past 1989.
Now this being said I did see them in 1999 after they put out the orchestra album. It was a good show and probably the only time I would get to see them.
Jump ahead to present day. My special lady and her brother are huge fans still, but they still think 4 of the last five albums are garbage. They seem to like the newest Hardwired. I have heard five songs and can only really say one is enjoyable, Now That We’re Dead. I was told we were going and that I would have a good time. This was Sunday night in St. Louis at Busch Stadium.
It rained most of the night. Not heavy, but enough to annoy when music wasn’t being played.
I did get to be on the field of a major league baseball team. Sure I could care less about baseball anymore, but it was still cool to be in center field watching a concert and seeing the stadium packed with people. You know, what the players see every game.
Yeah we were general admission and I am no fan of that. There were too many assholes and too much fighting off assholes during the shows for this guy to enjoy the night. I had left the floor behind, but here we were again.
Volbeat opened and I loved their set list. We had seen them on this tour already and it was similar set list. Still good time to be had there.
Now it came to Metallica.
We had positioned ourselves about 10 rows from the stage. A good area, not too pushy either.
First their set list…… 5 songs off Hardwired. Five songs the Black album. I was not super pumped about this. The majority of their songs were from these two albums? Really? 36 years and two albums were the majority of the songs?
They played One, because it is their Freebird. I loathe One now due to it being over played so much. I get people love it, just not me. The same for Unforgiven and Enter Sandman, which they played both of those.
Fuel and One were both single songs of their respective albums.
Fade to Black and For Whom the Bell Tolls from Ride the Lightning.
Master o’ Puppets and Battery off that one.
Whiplash, Anesthesia and Seek and Destroy from Kill ‘Em All.
Then Unforgiven, Enter Sandman, Wherever I May Roam, Sad but True and Nothing Else Matters from Black.
Hardwired, Halo of Fire, Now That We’re Dead, Moth to the Flame and Atlas Rise from the new record of theirs.
Add in a guitar and drum solo and that is your Metallica concert.
I was not super impressed with the songs played. Still I can say I saw Metallica up close and personal.
I will remember it for the stage proximity, the unfulfilling set list and the assholes around us.
I guess since I am a fan of everything pre-Black album, there is nothing for me at their live shows.