Metallica Comes Up Smelling Like Roses In Pasadena

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Last night (July 29th), Metallica continued their highly anticipated trek around the world in support of their latest studio album “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct.” It simply wouldn’t be a completed tour by any stretch of the imagination if Metallica didn’t make a stop in their former stomping grounds of Los Angeles, CA.

With a packed house inside Pasadena’s historic Rose Bowl, the band made their presence felt the entire night. The production was beyond top of the line. Clearly, Metallica spares no expense to put on a great show, with so many different pieces coming together to put the show together. With a long fleet of trucks and production crews used in the making of the show, it all comes together at the end to ensure the 2 1/2 goes as smooth as possible.

Supported by the likes of Gojira and Avenged Sevenfold, neither band did anything to disappoint. While Gojira had a minor slip up at the start of one of their songs, it was all gravy, having performed in front of such a large crowd, in such a historic venue. Avenged Sevenfold came with their guns drawn and ready to fire. The band was firing at all cylinders, truly coming at the crowd hard with some songs from their newest album “Hail To The King,” as well as some older material, including the single from their 2003 album “Waking the Fallen,” entitled, “Unholy Confessions.”

As the lights turned down, the anticipation had set in. The crowd knew just how special the night was, knowing that Metallica hadn’t put on a full fledged tour in such a long time. Just like Avenged Sevenfold, Metallica came out swinging for the fences. They made just about all the stops, touching base on some of the newer material, as well as the older material that would be a cardinal sin for Metallica not to play.

With an 18 song setlist at their disposal, there were surely a number of songs that the band could’ve played that they didn’t. However, for those who have yet to not see Metallica live, they certainly delivered, putting forth a bucket list worthy performance that will be remembered. Some may feel indifferent about the difficulty of taking in a concert in such a large venue as the Rose Bowl, or any stadium for that matter that holds over 50,000 people. Hopefully the band can make another round of tour dates that will allow fans to experience the band in a more intimate setting such as an arena.

Metallica Setlist – 7/29:

  1. Hardwired
  2. Atlas, Rise!
  3. For Whom The Bell Tolls
  4. Fuel
  5. The Unforgiven
  6. Now That We’re Dead
  7. Moth Into Flame
  8. Wherever I May Roam
  9. Halo On Fire
  10. Sad But True
  11. Motorbreath
  12. One
  13. Master of Puppets
  14. Fade To Black
  15. Seek & Destroy
  16. Battery (Beginning of the encore)
  17. Nothing Else Matters
  18. Enter Sandman

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JT “Doc” Berry \m/