The day before Metallica play London O2 Arena, they performed a very special show for the BBC to just 300 people. Lifelong ‘Tallica fan, Tony Hampton was there to soak up the atmosphere.
Ok, so everyone at this special BBC Radio 1 Presents… show should be off down the deed poll office to change their middle names to ‘lucky fucker’.
Metal legends Metallica.
As they hit the stage with an opening brace of newbies ‘That Was Just Your Life’ and ‘End of the Line’ its clear they band are relaxed and enjoying themselves, while remaining tight they’re obviously having fun.
Death Magnetic material sounds dynamic, fresh, heavy as hell and just like proper Metallica should.
A nice dip into the often overlooked Load, which did produce some good moments, era with ‘Until It Sleeps’ follows, ‘Broken, Beat and Scarred’ and ‘Cyanide’ – anyone who doesnt like that runaway Maiden-style riff has serious issues – and straight into ‘Frantic’ which is a brilliant and brutal song, live or otherwise, whatever people say about St Anger.
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‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’, sublime, utterly sublime and into ‘Day That Never Comes’. What follows is the most memorable though as Hetfield messes up the intro to ‘Master Of Puppets’ and get a sound ribbing from both band and audience.
He laughs it off. And its truly heartwarming to see them enjoying this event so much. You see, Metallica really do care about their fans, always have and thats not changed now they can sell out the enormodomes of this world.
Some bands make people pay for meet and greets at shows, to pick up some pocket money. This will never be the Metallca way.
They finish with ‘Blackened’. Necks snap, grown men with huge beards openly weep. Tomorrow night they will tear the 02 a brand new A-hole in front of 18,000 people for the official launch party for Death Magnetic.
This really is a great time to be a Metallica fan.