June 7 - Post 4

Context is everything. Yesterday, at the stadium show, Metallica certainly played hard and strong, but tonight, at the Park Wuhlheide in Berlin, Germany, they sniffed the air, caught the gasoline wafting from the until-8.35pm-were-quite-sedate crowd and decided not simply to put a match to them, but a canon of flame throwers. Quite simply, this was a superb show, smoking last night's previously-really-really-good set and adding further proof to the theory that these chaps never stopped touring, they just tok a little onger than usual off (production chief Dan Braun told me that, and I agree wholeheartedly).Opening with a fierce 'Battery', Metallica never looked back tonight, instead continuing to regenerate the energy being thrown their way tenfold. It really is a strange thing, given the fact that for the 4 hours prior to the band walking on-stage, it felt like a Sunday afternoon. And I mean that in the sense of how calm, cool and collected the band were. No-one could've predicted the energy that would come, nobody could have predicted the previously sleepy crowd's 180 degree turn and explosion into a frenzy and maybe more than anything, no-one could've predicted how FUCKING EXPLOSIVE THIS GIG WOULD TURN OUT TO BE. Set-list in the usual Nic place, and hey, before I sign off, can I tell you how much I noticed the guys enjoying '...Sandman' tonight? The crowd didn't mind it either!!! A good one indeed...