The Independent: Metallica, Ziggo Dome, gig review: Luminaries of metal still manage to inspire with a magnificent spectacle

September 13, 2017 In the Press

It’s been over 35 years since a quartet of young, volatile, New Wave of British Heavy Metal fanatics (NWOBHM for short) played their first ever show supporting denim and leather traditionalists Saxon at the Whiskey A Go-Go in Hollywood. The four youthful, perma-drunk reprobates were paid a mere $16 for that first show and it’s fair to say that the pay cheque is not the only thing to have changed considerably in the intervening years. From modest beginnings, Metallica went on to conquer the world, achieving bona fide status as the quintessential household heavy metal band (their 1991 self-titled fifth album, affectionately known as ‘The Black Album’ has sold over 16.4 million copies at a rate of on average 5,000 units a week in 2016 alone).

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