May 19, 2017. Gillette Stadium Foxboro, Massachusetts. The night in which one of the best metal bands would absolutely rock the entire stadium and city. Metallica, touring for their recently released album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct, came in and blew everyone’s panties off. The crowd was electric and I truly believe that James, Kirk, Rob, and Lars felt that electricity even before they stepped foot onto the stage. All ~60,000 metalheads in attendance were in awe of Metallica’s presence and je nes se qua all around the stage. These veterans of metal knew how to satisfy this crowd and gave us exactly what we craved.
Stage and Setting
The stage was setup very well. In the image, you see the graphic ‘M’ and ‘A’ of Metallica were hanging off the respective sides of the stage. I loved these little ascetics even more because it is such a trademark of Metallica. It took Ghouls awhile to actually noticed the small ascetics until I pointed them out. There was also a small pit in the stage where fans were. I can’t image how much it cost for those tickets, but I bet you it was worth all that cash being that close to the band.
What I liked about the setup of this particular concert was the integration of several different visual mediums. Metallica used the huge video board to display the band members obviously, but also used it to show cool clips of their music videos. There were fire cannons to the sides of the stage and on top of it too. These were awesome in accordance to when they played Fuel. The lasers were a special treat that surprised me. I loved the lasers bouncing across the sky as the final solo in One blasted in the same sky. And naturally, Metallica ended with a barrage of fireworks that would make the Fourth of July presentation proud. All of these visuals really took the whole concert to another level.
Of course, the music makes the concert and especially for Metallica this applies. You could hear every fan belt out the chorus of the hits. James even resorted to letting the crowd singing. Ghouls and I only gripe about the setlist was that they played one too many songs from their Hardwired album. Out of the first nine songs, five of them were from Hardwired. Granted three of them were either the best or most popular off of the album, I would have rather heard a different song and album. I thought the sound really came together for The Unforgiven and continued for the rest of the concert. But the heart and soul of the concert came into the stretch of songs 11-15. Beginning with Sad But True, One, and then Master of Puppets, Fade to Black, then Seek and Destroy. This was incredible. Arguably the best two or three Metallica songs in a row. I was going crazy during this period.
What a concert. Metallica put on such a great show. It was easily the greatest concert I have witnessed. I cannot exactly compare this show to other Metallica shows, as I have never seen them before. But from other fans experiences, it seems like this particular concert was as amazing as I imagined. I am very grateful for Metallica in touring and coming to Boston. I can’t wait for Metallica to tour another time so they can amaze me once again.