13 Dec 2009

gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Music - Metallica)
Home from Metallica. Holy crap, this show was better than last year's! The perils of seeing two shows on the same tour were apparent (numerous similarities in the set list and stage patter) but the band was far more energetic than they were last December. Everything just snapped and jumped off the stage. Standouts included Ride the Lightning and Fight Fire With Fire and an encore of Helpless-Motorbreath-Seek and Destroy that left us gasping for air.

Seeing Lars and Robert play in Santa hats at the end was.. interesting.

The opener was Volbeat, a Danish rock band formed in Copenhagen in 2001. They play a fusion of early rock 'n' roll, heavy metal and rockabilly. Real fun to listen to, and they even got a small mosh pit going. Bringing them on the tour was Lars' idea (he's a Dane himself. Thanks, Lars, for the new find! I may feature them in the coming weeks.

The second opener was Machine Head, and I am really wondering why I don't like this band more. Their show tonight was pretty freaking excellent, capped (for me anyway) by an excellent cover of Pantera's Fucking Hostile and Halo. I like their stuff, and they're fun to watch, but something just doesn't make the final connection to make me a fan. Oh, well. Maybe it will work for you. Enjoy Machine Head performing Halo at 2008's Rock in Rio.



Expect some Crappy Cell Phone Pictures tomorrow.
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Music - Metallica)

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