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The Oakland Press: Metallica, Foo Fighters combine for superstar Saturday virtual concerts

Nov 15, 2020

It wasn't by design, but Metallica and Foo Fighters combined for an epic, back-to-back Superstar Saturday in the virtual concert world on Nov. 14.

The two bands offered decidedly different presentations -- Metallica a high-tech, partly acoustic fundraiser for its All Within My Hands charity, while the Foos set up shop at the Roxy in Los Angeles. Neither had audiences in person, but both, and especially Metallica, sought to bridge the silent divide that makes the concept of online performances so challenging.

Metallica scored via technology. Set up in the quartet's San Rafael, Calif. HQ, the Helping Hands Concert & Auction placed the band in front of massive video screens carrying images of fans from around the world reacting to the music and interacting with the group. There was noise after the 14 songs and images of headbanging during them, and the four musicians called out to viewers by name, conversing with them and marveling how many children were part of the virtual audience.

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