Muscle memory is wild, man. James Hetfield reminded his Rock On The Range audience on multiple occasions that Metallica have been thrashing away for 36 years. “Metallica is old for this!” he told us, in one of several brutish, blurted addresses Sunday night. (Before “Sad But True,” he also proclaimed, “Metallica gives you heavy!”) Yet there they were in front of 45,000 people at a very soggy Columbus soccer stadium, rocketing through the likes of “Whiplash” and “Creeping Death” at something close to the feverish clip from the studio recordings, replicating every fill and solo with painstaking exactitude and magnificent force. Meanwhile, many of us onlookers compulsively air-guitarred along with a precision that belied how long ago we last beheld tablature.
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After two days of enduring weather delays and seeking refuge from the rain and storms that had harassed the Rock on the Range festival grounds since Friday, the attendees gritted out one more gloomy day with a fest-closing headlining set by Metallica to look forward to and plenty of rock and metal throughout the day.
For fans, it might have seemed like Metallica would never return to Massachusetts, but thankfully that drought ended with a two-hour performance at Gillette Stadium on Friday night.
The 25-city "WorldWired Tour" is the metal icons' first extended North American trek since the "World Magnetic Tour" eight years ago. (That tour included a stop at the TD Bank Garden in Boston on Jan. 18, 2009.)
Metallica. They came. They saw. They conquered. They kicked some serious butt.
The mother of all summer concerts was dropped Friday night at Gillette Stadium, not by an executive order of President Trump but by heavy-metal juggernaut Metallica.
From the get-go, Metallica put on a full-throttle, pedal-to-the-metal show that was riveting and, at times, awe-inspiring. Not only did Metallica rarely give the audience a chance to catch its breath, their head-banging opuses were also enough to cause one whiplash.
If you didn't like this show, frankly my dear, Metallica doesn't give a damn.
Lead singer James Hetfield made it clear about two songs into their show at Gillette Stadium Friday night that their shows are all about the music and the fans who pay to see them.
"I hope you’ve come to kick some *** like we have. Metallica doesn't give a **** what you’ve done in your live, the color of your skin, what you believe in, your religion, what you eat. We’re here to celebrate life and heavy music," Hetfield said at the beginning of the set.
Maybe the most audacious thing Metallica ever did — more than battle its own fans over downloading, more than willingly reveal their infighting on movie screens, more than allegedly scrub a new bassist’s playing from an album as an act of hazing — was to name itself Metallica. By placing the genre at the heart of its name, it set itself up (intentionally or not) to be the standard bearer for heavy metal.
People talk a lot of trash about Metallica.
Within the heavy metal community, the one-time thrash metal pioneers are often taken to task for ditching the genre on their road to mainstream success. The band is still infamous for suing its own fans for sharing Metallica’s music on the file sharing service Napster. And the 2003 album “St. Anger” is a byword for disappointment for many.
So, what do you do when people are talking smack about you? You show up and deliver, and Metallica did just that on Friday night at Gillete Stadium, in a show full of sound, fury and, perhaps most surprisingly, heart.
"We forgive you, Chris."
With those words Metallica paid subtle tribute to Chris Cornell during their Friday (May 19) show at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
The solemn statement, made by singer James Hetfield in reference to Cornell's shocking suicide the previous day, came at the end of the heavy metal band's 1991 power ballad "The Unforgiven," a deeply personal song for Hetfield that contains religious overtones. Later in two-hour set, bassist Rob Trujillo showcased a few solo licks of "Black Hole Sun" by Cornell's band Soundgarden.
Masters of metal Metallica took the stage at Nassau Coliseum Wednesday night as part of their Worldwired Tour 2017.
Drummer Lars Ulrich said that despite this stretch of the tour being held in open-air venues, the band gladly accepted an offer to return to the Coliseum.
It was Metallica's 11th show at the Coliseum.
Mother’s Day is a day where we celebrate the women who have been there for us, supported us, and protected us. However, this past Sunday was not only a day that we celebrated our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and others. We also celebrated one of the greatest metal bands returning to New Jersey.
On May 14, 2017, Metallica, along with Volbeat and Avenged Sevenfold, made their long-awaited return to Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. After doing their first song or two, James Hetfield (lead singer and guitarist) announced that it has been eight years since they were last in Jersey and they didn’t disappoint.
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On a noticeably hot day for May, Metallica fans were ready to sweat as swarms of thousands packed into a new and improved NYCB Live’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Long Island.
Now this is a party.
Since NYCB Live’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum reopened in April, there have been all sorts of events. But the sold-out Metallica show Wednesday night was the first to really rock hard, with heavy metal cranked loud everywhere around the arena for hours before the show even started.
“Strong Island, how do you feel?” he asked after the opening combination of “Hardwired” and “Atlas Rise” from the recent “Hardwired . . . to Self Destruct” album. “There is a little bit of history here. We’ve been here a lot.”
As the only nonstadium show of the band’s “WorldWired Tour,” the Coliseum concert was already special because it’s the only time the tour would use a video-screen floor and ceiling for their stage in the round.
Metallica delivered a brutal, incendiary version of "Now That We're Dead" on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Monday. The gnarled single appears on Hardwired ... to Self-Destruct, the band's latest double album.
Lead singer James Hetfield opened the performance with a dire warning, just as he did at a recent Baltimore show: "If you want to live forever, than first you must die." "Now That We're Dead" unfolded slowly, with the band cycling through a series of low-slung riffs for a full minute before Hetfield stepped to the microphone. Bassist Robert Trujillo joined Hetfield to shout parts of the hook, and guitarist Kirk Hammett unspooled a tightly wound solo played high on the neck of his guitar.
I had the pleasure of seeing Metallica perform live at Lollapalooza way back in the 90s. To tell you the truth, I liked Metallica at the time but I didn’t necessarily love them. After seeing their performance I loved them. They were just so powerful. It’s hard to describe the kind of energy these guys can drum up in one area but it’s pretty intense. I mean every single time you’d see Hetfield scream or give any kind of “grunt” the crowd went bananas. It was one of the most memorable live performances I had ever seen.
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Metallica have always been legendary, but they’re in the midst of a revival of sorts at the moment. Whether it’s playing with Lady Gaga at The Grammys — mic failure and all — or promoting their brand new album, Hardwired… To Self-Destruct, the heavy metal legends have reached quite a bit of people who have not have been exposed to them in their initial prime.
Metallica‘s 2017 tour is underway and they’re in the midst of an NYC-area run. They already played MetLife Stadium on Sunday after having a pop-up shop on Spring St open all weekend. Last night, they performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, playing “Now That We’re Dead” off last year’s Hardwired… To Self-Destruct. This tour has been proving that the Hardwired songs hold up just fine next to the classics in a live environment, and this performance is even more proof.
No band does big better than Metallica. The thrash-metal icons’ riffs, image and, especially, their show is larger than life. Metallica is one of the few contemporary acts that has no problem headlining stadiums.
Kiss must be envious considering the amount of flame and fireworks Metallica is using on its current “Worldwired” tour, which stopped Friday at a sold out Lincoln Financial Field. Metallica bridged the gap between fans with pyro, film clips and its rapid, muscular metal, which redefined the genre a generation ago.
Ashton Kutcher says he was a country fan growing up, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t know the appropriate time to blast “Enter Sandman.”
"When I was in high school [Metallica] was that music I would get pumped up [with] before a wrestling match,” Kutcher said in a phone interview with the Register Monday. “When you need to get yourself ramped up for something, it’s like ‘go Metallica’ and it’s hard to lose. I think as I got older and kept exposing myself to the music they’re doing I realized just how sophisticated it was.”
The impossible happened last night at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, just as it does every time Metallica arrives in any town in America. After sets by two opening bands and a DJ who warmed the crowd up with selections from System of a Down and Motörhead, chopping and scratching Lemmy Kilmister’s voice as if he were an East Coast hip-hop MC, the lights went down. The towering projector screens behind the stage went up, flanked on either side by giant arching sculptural versions of the M and A from Metallica’s iconic logo. A dusty rumpled cowboy appeared onscreen, scampering through a graveyard that bore a remarkable resemblance to the cover of Metallica’s 1986 third album Master of Puppets. Prerecorded strings began to swell. Suddenly, a stadium full of rowdy metal fans in shorts and cutoff t-shirts was singing sweetly along to a lead vocal part that could have…