I'm listening to some samples of the show at livemetallica.com and I gotta say, James sounds downright incredible compared to the stuff I heard from 08-10, maybe even earlier. Hit the Lights alone sounds just fucking awesome. brutal, chances are what you heard on YouTube was accurate, but looks like you just happened to be one of the first few crowds to hear James sound awesome again for the first time in forever!
Lars is still a shitty, shitty drummer though.
Flotsam & Jetsam and/or War Master - 7/9
Grindcore Fest - 7/12
Exodus - 7/25
Impaled (?) - 8/15
Sleep - 8/30
Swans - 9/10
King Diamond - 10/31