HEY EVERYONE, GUESS WHERE I JUST GOT BACK FROM?!! YEP! SEEING METALLICA!! BECKER, MARK, ARIC AND I WERE THERE IN OTTAWA FOR EVERY EXPLOSION AND CRUSHING RIFF OF THE CONCERT! IT WAS REALLY LOUD, BUT AWESOME!

TRUE TO FORM, THEY MIXED IN A LOT OF OLD FAVOURITES WITH THE NEW STUFF, AND THE SONGS FROM DEATH MAGNETIC THAT THEY PLAYED EASLIY STOOD UP NEXT TO OLD TUNES. THIS IS SOMETHING OF A FIRST FOR THE BOYS, AS SOME OF THE ALBUMS FROM THE PAST FEW YEARS HAVE BEEN PRETTY DIFFERENT.

THEY ALSO INCLUDED A COUPLE OF JAMS AND SOLOS, WHICH IS PRETTY COOL SINCE THEY HAD BEEN DOING LESS OF THAT ON PREVIOUS TOURS.

THE STAGE SET-UP WAS PRETTY AWESOME TOO. METALLICA PIONEERED THE “IN-THE-ROUND” STAGE SETTING, WHICH MEANS THAT INSTEAD OF CRAMMING THE STAGE AT ONE END OF A VENUE, IT’S A GIANT STAGE IN THE CENTER OF THE JOINT. THIS MEANS THAT THERE ISN’T A BAD SEAT IN THE HOUSE AS THE GUYS MOVE AROUND TO DIFFERENT POINTS ON THE STAGE. EVERYONE GETS A CHANCE TO LOCK EYES AND THROW UP THE HORNS!!

THE BEST PART OF SEEING METALLICA LIVE THESE DAYS THOUGH? THEY OFFER EVERY SHOW ON THE TOUR FOR DOWNLOAD! THEY RECORD IT ALL, MIX AND MASTER IT, AND THEN A FEW DAYS AFTER YOU’VE SEEN THE SHOW, YOU CAN DOWNLOAD AND KEEP IT FOREVER! THIS’LL BE THE FIRST TIME THAT I’M ABLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT, SO YOU CAN BET I’LL BE ROCKING THIS SHOW LONG AFTER MY HEARING HAS RETURNED!


no-reason-noir-m