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Old 06-12-2013, 07:56 PM
kevindeets kevindeets is offline
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Orion Music & More -- Detroit, MI -- June 8th & 9th, 2013

I know some people already posted their Metallica reviews, but I thought I'd share my review of the show. Also, I know I am a few days late.

The Bronx opened the main stage on day one. This was my 3rd time seeing them... a fun live band.

Next I went to one of the side stages to see Battlecross. The absolutely leveled the place. Although I am not a Slayer fan, that cover was pretty cool. They played a handful of new songs from their forthcoming CD due in July. If you're going to the Mayhem Fest this summer, check out Battlecross.

Battlecross setlist
Breaking You
Man of Stone
Ghost Alive (new song)
Never Coming Back (new song)
War Ensemble (Slayer cover)
Flesh & Bone (new song)
Force Fed Lies (new song)
Push Pull Destroy
Fucking Hostile (Pantera cover)

I was really excited to see Dropkick Murphys. I'd never seen them before. They were fun as I expected, but this was not their typical audience, so the crowd wasn't super into them.

Next I went to the side stage to see Metallica play their surprise, unannounced set. It was the 30th anniversary of their 1st album KILL EM ALL, so they played all of it. Seeing them do songs like "Whiplash" & "The Four Horsemen" on a small stage in the middle of the afternoon was amazing! That made my day, especially since they were not supposed to play on both dates.

Metallica setlist
Hit The Lights
The Four Horsemen
Jump In The Fire
Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth)
Phantom Lord
No Remorse
Seek & Destroy
Metal Militia

I caught the last 25 min of Tomahawk. I saw them open for Tool about a dozen years ago... very unique & talented band.

Rise Against was next. They're OK, but they don't really do it for me.

Infectious Grooves headlined the 2nd stage. I didn't know that this was their 1st show in over a decade. They were super-fun!

Red Hot Chili Peppers closed day one. It seemed like a relatively small crowd all day to me until they hit the stage, and then all of a sudden the place was PACKED. I was excited to see them for the 1st time since their CALIFORNICATION tour. Also, Chad Smith is one of my very favorite drummers. Their set was really good, yet somewhat predictable. They played their hits, mostly. That is to be expected, though, at a festival where they're not touring behind a new CD. I LOVED hearing "Higher Ground" and "Me & My Friends." They also did tons of sweet jamming as well.

Red Hot Chili Peppers setlist
Monarchy of Roses
Dani California
Scar Tissue
Can't Stop
Look Around
Snow (Hey Oh)
The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie
Higher Ground (Stevie Wonder cover)
Hard to Concentrate
Me & My Friends
Under the Bridge
Suck My Kiss
By The Way
Around the World
Soul to Squeeze
Give It Away

All Shall Perish played first on day two. Kirk from Metallica introduced them. These guys absolutely destroy! I can't wait to see them again in a few months w/ Within The Ruins & Betrayal. The crowd LOVED them, as they should have.

Next up was Dillinger Escape Plan. Robert from Metallica introduced them and said that they were blown away by what Dillinger can do w/ their instruments and also as performers. Damn straight! They played as a 4-piece because one of their guitarists recently broke his hand. He did, however, occasionally sing backup vocals and chime in w/ commentary between songs, including joking that "Milk Lizard" is their weak sellout song. Hehehe. A little bit of a pit broke out during "Panasonic Youth," but for the most part the crowd just watched. They are certainly unlike any band that most people see. All they have to do, though, is play "Sunshine the Werewolf," live, and that'll win the crowd over. What a great set!

Dillinger Escape Plan setlist
Farewell, Mona Lisa
Milk Lizard
Sugar Coated Sour
Panasonic Youth
Room Full of Eyes
Gold Teeth on a Bum
The Mullet Burden
Dead As History
Setting Fire to Sleeping Giants
When I Lost My Bet
Sunshine the Werewolf
43% Burnt

Deftones were next. They're one of my favorite bands, but they are never quite as good in front of larger crowds. It was still a solid set, and I loved hearing "Elite," "Rocket Skates," and "Swerve City."

Deftones setlist
Diamond Eyes
You've Seen the Butcher
Rocket Skates
My Own Summer (Shove It)
Swerve City
Engine #9 / Wicked
7 Words

Metallica closed the festival on Sunday night. They said that they've been watching great bands all weekend, and now it was finally their turn. IMO, they are the best of the best when it comes to live heavy bands. No one can top them. I've never seen any band where such a vast majority of the crowd is so into it, singing every single song and pumping their fists and doing the call-and-response chants over & over. With most bands that's a cheesy way to get a reaction from the crowd, but with Metallica that is making the audience a part of the experience. They always sound perfect and have a solid light show as well. The setlist was excellent. I LOVED "Disposable Heroes" & "Orion," and I actually really liked hearing "Carpe Diem Baby" off of RE-LOAD. My one beef was that I don't care for "I Disappear," but that's OK. They dedicated "Harvester of Sorrow" to everyone who traveled to the show from all over. They said they would come back to Detroit for OrionFest next year, and I also heard on the radio that they may keep it in Detroit through 2015. If they do, I will be there. I'll never miss Metallica when they are in town. Plus, I thought this festival was excellent in general... tons of good (and diverse) bands, and it was organized well & also clean. What a weekend!

Metallica setlist
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Disposable Heroes
Harvester of Sorrow
Kirk jam
The Day That Never Comes
Carpe Diem Baby
I Disappear
Sad But True
Robert bass solo
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
Master of Puppets
Kirk solo
Nothing Else Matters
Enter Sandman
Turn The Page (Bob Seger cover)
Creeping Death
Seek & Destroy
11/20 MH
12/5 Texas In July
12/12 Heartsick
12/19 np
4/5 Maiden
4/8 & 9 UO
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