Beez: Metallica At The O2
It was a little bit good, wasn’t it?
There are some things in life that you can always rely on. Metallica delivering a live show that absolutely slays is one of them.
Right from the opening epic laser show that accompanies That Was Just Your Life, you just knew the night was going to be awesome. Couple that with the fact that Creeping Death was back in the setlist (we’ll stop moaning now, boys. Promise.) and that it was followed up by a truly monstrous sprint through Holier Than Thou and the ever-epic One. To quote the sentence I found myself saying over and over again; ho-ly shit!
Speaking about fire, the band’s stage show was off the chain. A suspended, stone-looking coffin lighting rig (that’s a technical term) dazzled, the band’s in-the-round set-up means that wherever you are sat, Lars can spit a gob full of water at you and the multi-coloured flames that shot out from atop of the band’s amps were cool even though they shouldn’t of been.
It always comes back to the music, though. What never fails to dazzle is that Metallica can drop anything into their set and it slays. You want hits? Enter Sandman, Master Of Puppets and Seek & Destroy blew the roof off. Rarities? Phantom Lord, bitches! Covers? Too Late, Too Late and a show-stealing Turn The Page were sick, sick, sick.
If you’ve caught the show, you’ll know the deal. It’s (arguably) the best band on the planet, kicking ass and taking names and just generally owning all that stand before them. It’s not a revolutionary statement and it’s probably expected, but when a band that you fully expect to be amazing still surprise you at just how unbelievably good they are, that’s special by anybody’s standards.
It’s also why, 27 years into their career, Metallica remain, in this opinion, the greatest band out there. They’re still relevant as hell, tracks from their debut album still sound fresh as fuck and they’ll take on anyone, anywhere in the live environment.
We’ll do it all again at the O2 at the end of the month and it can’t come soon enough!
‘Til next time,
P.S. Cheers to all of you who came into the Indigo2 before or after the show to hang out, throw down and rock out to the new Guitar Hero: Metallica game. Every single one of you rule.