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Posted: March 04, 2009 (04:22 PM)
METALLICA -- 02/03/09 -- O2 ARENA, LONDON

That Was Just Your Life
The End Of The Line
Creeping Death
Holier Than Thou
One
Broken, Beat And Scarred
Cyanide
Sad But True
Turn The Page
All Nightmare Long
The Day That Never Comes
Master Of Puppets
Damage Inc.
Nothing Else Matters
Enter Sandman
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Too Late Too Late
Phantom Lord
Seek and Destroy


The Death Magnetic songs were actually pretty good live (especially the opening two), but maybe that's because the whole experience was so awesome. Metallica sounded excellent and they put on an incredible show. They have these massive coffin shaped lighting rigs that descend from the ceiling and spin around in true Spinal Tap fashion. The central stage is also a fantastic idea, and the various effects -- multicoloured flames, black beach balls, etc. -- were just crazy. I would go and see them again tomorrow if I could.

Looking back, I suppose it's a little disappointing that we got Damage Inc. as the second Master of Puppets track. Someone on RYM said (about Death Magnetic) that it continues Metallica's tradition of recording a rubbish last track but playing it really fast so no one notices -- a tradition that started with Damage Inc. And Phantom Lord is the only Kill Em All track that I don't like, so it was a shame to get that over, say, Four Horseman. But these thoughts don't really enter your mind when you're being assaulted by the full force of Metallica live. Hearing rarer tracks like Turn The Page, Holier Than Thou and Too Late Too Late (only the second time its been played apparently) was a bonus, and the regular songs (One, Sandman, Puppets, Seek and Destroy, etc.) were brilliant. Plus we got Creeping Death, which was absolutely incredible (easily the best song of the night).

It's easy to knock Metallica for their output over the last 20 years, but performances like this show how much they still care about their music and their fans. They seemed genuinely happy that the crowd knew almost all the words to the Death Magnetic songs. And yet they obviously still got a kick out of playing the classics, even though it must be the thousandth time they've done them. Definitely worth the 45.
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honestgamerUser: honestgamer
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Posted: March 04, 2009 (05:17 PM)
Sounds like a great concert. I keep thinking that I'd like to pick up their early stuff and listen through it properly. I haven't heard much Metallica, amazingly, but what I've heard has been good in general.
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draculasrevengeUser: draculasrevenge
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Posted: March 04, 2009 (10:40 PM)
I like Damage Inc., though the first 2 minutes is practically nothing.
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HalonUser: Halon
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Posted: March 05, 2009 (06:49 PM)
They do put on great live shows, even though their recent material isn't so great and they are in their mid-40's.

At least no St Anger!
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