Originally Posted by Sanatarium78
In terms of people who know little to nothing about Metallica it is. I can't really imagine people going to a Metallica show for that song. If they are then they really need to brush up on their catalog. I understand why they always put it in that spot becuase usually it's following Fight Fire With Fire, Damage Inc, Dyers Eve or something fast and they may want to slow it down for a minute to get a break from the faster song that just came before it. But Fade to Black or Sanitarium would also fill that spot the same way. I'm guessing those two get a much better reaction when played than Nothing Else Matters does. At least the times i've seen them live they always did.
In my thinking, Nothing Else Matters is like Metallica's Fear of the Dark. It's not just about the song, but the crowd participation. When I saw them, the crowd sang most of the song.