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Old 11-29-2004, 06:44 PM
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Arrow METALLICA -- San Jose, CA -- November 28th, 2004 --

Last night was my first encounter with Metallica, and what an encounter it was. It started at 4:30 when my mom and I left our house to head to the HP Pavilion in San Jose to witness METALLICA. I remember back a little over a month ago I was so surpised when she asked me if I wanted to go and how excited I was for this evening, and it was finally here. The final night of the tour, it had to kick ass. We arrived at about 5:30, met up with my best friend and his mom, and thn went downtown for dinner. We walked back to the HP in time for the show. We got in, spent about 15 minutes waiting for Godsmack, then the lights dimmed and off we went.

Now, I just gotta get this off my chest: I am not a big fan of Godsmack's music, and I have mized emotions about their set, but I'll say one thing: they know what they're doing. They are used to being opening act as well, so they certainly did a good job. Sully, that fucking bastard, I just have to give him credit for getting the crowd going. While he was certainly a bit of a dick(more on that later), he did a fine job of pumping the place up and is a good frontman. Another positive thing; the drum dual. Killer stuff, easily the highlight of their set. Even though I still believe that Neil Peart's solo runs circles around this one it was still fun. And the band gets a bonus for bringing their own pyro too Kickass stuff that pyro. Now, the bad:

Sully, get in touch with things man and stop kissing Metallica's rich asses every 2 seconds. At one point(I am so proud of myself ) he said "I know you guys are all here for the same reason, to see the greatest fucking metal band EVER!" and everyone was screaming "Metallica!!!!!!!!!" at which point I screamed as loud as I could "IRON FUCKING MAIDEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!", for which I was saluted with a few sideways glances, but it was worth it. Stick it to 'em Anyways, also another complaint: the sound was VERY quiet throuhgout their set, and even though they played exceptionally tight it was almost stereo sound quality and we weren't even that high up. Last quip: Sully's speech about "If you're still siting down, you are either a) fucking drunk, which I can understand, or b) you're too old to be here with us cool guys!" WTF! I felt like standing up and giving him the bird but I just bit my lip and chuckled inside. Conceited little nu metal posers But anyways, I give them credit for trying hard to please the crowd and they certainly got a great reaction. Solid performance, but grow up OK?

Part II with Metallica coming next(stick around...)

Although I might have to finish it tomorrow.
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Old 11-29-2004, 06:59 PM
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Last night was my first encounter with Metallica, and what an encounter it was. It started at 4:30 when my mom and I left our house to head to the HP Pavilion in San Jose to witness METALLICA. I remember back a little over a month ago I was so surpised when she asked me if I wanted to go and how excited I was for this evening, and it was finally here. The final night of the tour, it had to kick ass. We arrived at about 5:30, met up with my best friend and his mom, and thn went downtown for dinner. We walked back to the HP in time for the show. We got in, spent about 15 minutes waiting for Godsmack, then the lights dimmed and off we went.

Now, I just gotta get this off my chest: I am not a big fan of Godsmack's music, and I have mized emotions about their set, but I'll say one thing: they know what they're doing. They are used to being opening act as well, so they certainly did a good job. Sully, that fucking bastard, I just have to give him credit for getting the crowd going. While he was certainly a bit of a dick(more on that later), he did a fine job of pumping the place up and is a good frontman. Another positive thing; the drum dual. Killer stuff, easily the highlight of their set. Even though I still believe that Neil Peart's solo runs circles around this one it was still fun. And the band gets a bonus for bringing their own pyro too Kickass stuff that pyro. Now, the bad:

Sully, get in touch with things man and stop kissing Metallica's rich asses every 2 seconds. At one point(I am so proud of myself ) he said "I know you guys are all here for the same reason, to see the greatest fucking metal band EVER!" and everyone was screaming "Metallica!!!!!!!!!" at which point I screamed as loud as I could "IRON FUCKING MAIDEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!", for which I was saluted with a few sideways glances, but it was worth it. Stick it to 'em Anyways, also another complaint: the sound was VERY quiet throuhgout their set, and even though they played exceptionally tight it was almost stereo sound quality and we weren't even that high up. Last quip: Sully's speech about "If you're still siting down, you are either a) fucking drunk, which I can understand, or b) you're too old to be here with us cool guys!" WTF! I felt like standing up and giving him the bird but I just bit my lip and chuckled inside. Conceited little nu metal posers But anyways, I give them credit for trying hard to please the crowd and they certainly got a great reaction. Solid performance, but grow up OK?

Part II with Metallica coming next(stick around...)

Although I might have to finish it tomorrow.
Our first teased thread/post! We are moving up in the world!

You nailed Godsmack, esp on Sully's speech.

They need to play I FUCKING HATE YOU in concert.
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Old 11-29-2004, 07:27 PM
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Our first teased thread/post! We are moving up in the world!

You nailed Godsmack, esp on Sully's speech.

They need to play I FUCKING HATE YOU in concert.
I am sorry guys, Metallica will come tomorrow. My power went out as I was writing it then I saw the rest of the setlist that I didn't get to see and suddenly I don't feel much like doing a big review Tomorrow though for sure.
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Here it is my friends:

PART II

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The fatal error that probably cost me a chance at seeing the entire setlist came during the break between bands. Let me just say this: FUCK METALLICA'S ROADCREW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Are you telling me it takes a full HOUR to set up their stage? Not only that but once the stage was ready we just sat there for 20 minutes just waiting. Not fun, and because of the later start I didn't get to see the final 4 songs, one of which was my favorite Metallica song of all time. Thanks a lot Anyways, after the wait was finally over the lights went out and the place ERUPTED. They did a really cool intro on the video screens, then the slow guitar build-up of Blackened kicked in and we were ready to go. This song owns bigtime, and although the vocals were unclear during it the song was still lots of fun, and it's my favorite 'Tallica opener too so naturally I liked it a lot. Then the flames shot up and Fuel came on next. The crowd was very energized for this one, and let me give 'em props: they were fantastic all night, the best crowd I've been a part of participation-wise (singing along, etc.). But that was kind of expected, it is San Jose and Metallica after all After Fuel came the stunning For Whom The Bell Tolls, and this one went down sooooooooo well. Such a heavy live number, it really came alive and kicked some ass. They slowed things down with No Leaf Clover after that, not a favorite but decent nonetheless. Then we were treated to "FRANTIC-TIC-TIC-TIC-TIC-TIC-TOCK!" Umm....yeah We definitely got the goods next though with The Unforgiven. Great surprise and a great performance of it as well. Metallica nailed the slow songs tonight for sure. Just as I was thinking that would be the highlight of the night, they pulled out DISPOSABLE! HEROES!!!!!!!!! Damn!! I still have a slight neckache from still one today, it kicked so much ass and looking back probably was the highlight of the show. The God That Failed, a song I hadn't listened to for over a year at least, came next and really surprised me. Very solid tune. The familiar guitar intro to Welcome Home(Sanitraium) came on and the stadium was stirring again. Helluva song and it just made for a great live performance. The place REALLY got jumping with Sad But True, especially the pit. Nothing more to say than this song really surprised me again with how good it went down, much fiercer live for sure. They closed the set with an absolutely dynamite rendition of Battery. After a short encore break yet another soft guitar intro started and they broke into Wherever I May Roam, which went down very well. The Black Album songs got the best reaction for sure, and this was no exception. After this one they played another off TBA, Nothing Else Matters. By now all the soft tunes were getting a bit tedious (more on this later as well). Once this one ended everyone knew what was coming next…MASTER OF PUPPETS!!!!!!!!!!!! Great, great song and even funner live with everyone singing the chorus. But then came the time, out of nowhere, to leave. My mom pulled us out early because we had school the next day, meaning I ended up missing the last 4 songs and my favorite Metallica song of all-time, The Four Horsemen. This led to a huge fight with my mom, which I have now forgiven her, but that will always sting. I was fucking THERE when they played it, and then I wasn’t That’s how life is sometimes though, and thankfully ‘Tallica will be back again. I can only pray that one day I will have the pleasure of hearing it live. Anyways, if it hadn’t been for the damned road crew in the first place and the band for not getting on stage promptly none of this would have happened. Enough about that, now onto the actual setlist critique. For a tour supporting the St. Anger album there were an awful lot of songs from TBA in the set, which is curious, although I would much prefer to see an abundance of songs from that album rather than St. Anger for obvious reasons Another thing is that there were WAY too many slow ballad-type songs in the set. If they wanted to do a set without a lot of thrashing sons then AT LEAST they should have put Fade To Black in there somewhere. There is no excuse for not having that OR Creeping Death at all. Exchange No Leaf Clover and Nothing Else Matters for these 2 and the setlist is much more balanced all the way around. Now, if they wanted to keep the songs as they were then(in a perfect world) they should have had The Four Horsemen trade places with Nothing Else Matters, because the set would flow much better with the 1-2 punch of TFH and MOP in the first encore. Also they could have done the same swap with The Unforgiven because that is a “rarer” tune that could easily have found it’s way into that coveted 2nd encore opener spot and because, again, the 1-2 combo of TWH and DH packs a damn good punch as well. Oh well. Another little comment I have is on the little bass/guitar solos: the guitar solos were a fucking MASSIVE waste of time, Kirk was just basically wanking off the guitar the whole time and it was just utterly pointless. The bass solo, however, was a little more interesting because they incorporated part of Orion into it, which was awesome. In retrospect, I have really mixed emotions about the show sitting here right now. I know that if I were able to stay the whole time I would remember it more fondly, but nevertheless I was lucky to even be there are it was a great time. One thing is for sure; I will always, truly, remember that night for one reason or another.

The final setlist was:

Blackened
Fuel
For Whom The Bell Tolls
No Leaf Clover
Frantic
The Unforgiven
Disposable Heroes
The God That Failed
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
Sad But True
Battery
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Wherever I May Roam
Nothing Else Matters
Master Of Puppets
One
Enter Sandman
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The Four Horsemen
Seek And Destroy
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Great review! But that sucks about missing the last four songs and the guitar solos taking a long time. Why do people even do those anymore, they weren't cool in the 80's and they aren't cool today.

Maybe Lars had to take a dump or something...
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I am sorry you missed four songs, but at least you were there. And you should have screamed BLAZE instead of Iron Maiden!
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I am sorry you missed four songs, but at least you were there. And you should have screamed BLAZE instead of Iron Maiden!
Would have worked...excepted "B-FUCKING-LAZE!!!!" doesn't sound as good as "IRON FUCKING MAIDEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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Good review ADD, at least they've played MY best Metallica song ever at your concert. They did not played For Whom The Bell Tolls when I saw them on oct 4 th.


But I had 5 MOP songs in my show so, no complain (apart that Jaymz got no voice anymore

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Good review ADD, at least they've played MY best Metallica song ever at your concert. They did not played For Whom The Bell Tolls when I saw them on oct 4 th.


But I had 5 MOP songs in my show so, no complain (apart that Jaymz got no voice anymore

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I'm sorry man, but now you know how I feel. I cannot wait till they tour again and I will get the chance to hear TFH
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Great review! But that sucks about missing the last four songs and the guitar solos taking a long time. Why do people even do those anymore, they weren't cool in the 80's and they aren't cool today.

Maybe Lars had to take a dump or something...
Yeah, it's true. They are so ponitless and it just wastes fucking time.
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