On Friday night my husband and I were fortunate enough to be given free tickets to Metallica. While I wouldn't class myself as a huge fan I did know some of their music having been a teenager in the late eighties/early nineties. I can remember my house choir singing "Nothing Else Matters" when I was at an all girls high school! Interestingly when I mentioned I was going to my closest friends their immediate response was to a. laugh and then b. ask what I was going to wear.
So in the spirit of Being Prepared I downloaded Metallica's black album onto my ipod for familiarisation purposes and planned my outfit. By Friday night I was ready. I wore jeans (black), t-shirt, (black), jacket (denim) and boots (tough looking). I also had two pairs of industrial strength ear plugs in my jacket pocket just in case.
From the minute we got to the Burswood Dome I loved the whole experience. The people watching was fantastic. Metallica have a huge and varied fan base. From the stereotypical bogan to pregnant women to young children to people in suits and ties.
We missed the first support act but arrived in time to see Lamb of God, who are apparently very popular but I have to admit were a little bit heavy for my taste. They did seem to excite the crowd though, which I guess is the aim of a support act. According to my husband they were technically excellent. One gentleman in our section got so involved in his headbanging to Lamb of God that he had to retire to the First Aid post and get an ice pack for his neck. The poor man could then hardly move for the Metallica show. It was the classic case of "going too hard, too early".
When Metallica hit the stage the atmosphere was explosive. Not least because the Metallica show involved exploding fire balls! They also had huge dangling metal coffins that moved over the band and the crowd. I was fully prepared to enjoy the show as a spectacle but was unprepared for how much I would love the music. The band was amazing. They have been together for almost thirty years and it showed. In a good way. They were professional, hugely enthusiastic and absolutely fantastic. Guitar solos, drum solos, vocals - I loved the lot. They played songs from their new album "Death Magnetic" and lots of their old songs. "Master of Puppets", "Enter Sandman" and "Nothing Else Matters" were the crowd favorites. Even I was on my feet singing and dancing whilst my husband played some energetic (and I am sure technically excellent) air drums!
Image from deep schism via flickr
I very stupidly forgot my camera ( am obviously a fledgling blogger) so borrowed this image - I promise it was exactly like it though!
Overall I would love to see Metallica again. What can I say? Metallica you ROCKED, in every sense of the word. And I never used the ear plugs.