Metallica at Outside Lands: The Five Best Parts of the Band's Fiery San Francisco Show
Christopher Victorio Metallica at San Francisco's Outside Lands festival.
METALLICA @ OUTSIDE LANDS FESTIVAL | 8/11/12
The following is a dispatch from Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco, from our sister paper, SF Weekly.
Metallica, headlining Saturday night of the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, proved just about as huge and satisfying and powerful as Metallica can be in 2012. With a greatest-hits setlist, a small war's worth of explosives and pyrotechnics, and a huge meadow of fans shouting along, the biggest heavy metal band in the world showed that not only can it win over casual listeners and non-fans, but that it's at its best when trying to do so. Compared to Metallica's four intimate and indulgent 30th Anniversary shows at the Fillmore last year, the more than two hours of outright rampage last night felt like a well-edited tour de force.
It wasn't perfect: Hetfield played sloppily on "Master of Puppets," which may have been due to the cold; the lyrics to new song "Hell and Back" made us wish that Metallica was an instrumental band; "Ride the Lightning" sounded rickety and awkward, especially compared with contemporaneous songs like, "For Whom the Bell Tolls"; more than two hours of any artist is kind of lot; and Lars and James basked in the crowd's adoration maybe a bit too much at the end, and could have just said thank you three times and bowed and called it a night.
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But those complaints are minuscule compared with the fiery spectacle Metallica put on in San Francisco last night. Here are our top five favorite parts of the show.
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Percentage of fans in the front row wearing Metallica T-shirts: Approximately 81.
Number of minutes Metallica spent bowing and basking and sucking up love from the crowd long after the music had ended: We didn't count, and it was probably 10, but it felt like 35.
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