Metal Up Your Ass
... and indeed it was.
The conversation for the night began with a group of friends discussing what the opening song would be. We each picked three songs that we thought might be the lucky first, but in the end we were all wrong. With a musical career expanding 28 years and 12 albums - it is easy to see how the creation of a set list could be a daunting task.
The lights kicked off and the audience erupted into screams of pleasure. The Target Center was flooded with colors projecting from the laser light show below. Lights beamed from the massive coffins that hung over the stage. Then the music began ... and Metallica took the stage with material from their new album Death Magnetic
Not only did it appear that the audience was having a great time, but Metallica appeared to be as giddy as school children about to depart for summer break. Perhaps it was the massive 360 stage that the band happily used to their advantage. Perhaps it was the 20,000 fans screaming with adoration. Whatever it was ... I was thankful.
Metallica took us on a journey from the old and the new, and when you grow up listening to Metallica and hold their lyrics and music so close to your heart - seeing them live is almost unbearable. James proudly announced "I hope you guys like the old stuff," and the fans cheered loudly in response.
Lasers, pyrotechnics, and loud in your face rock made this Metallica show one I was proud to be a part of.