We didn't know it at the time, but this would by Jason Newsted's last performance with the band. He was uncharacteristically brief with fans that night. Looking back, we can all imagine what was going on in his mind. Thanks for your time with the band, Jason.
The best part for me was soundcheck the night before in the outdoor parking lot of The Shrine. When they started playing, USC students started to appear out of nowhere from the cold dark night. The guys invited the students all back to the awards the next night and were treated to a mini-set. A "had to be there" moment, strictly for fans who happened to be nearby.
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