Metallica@Rogers Centre-Sun.,July 16th,2017
Metallica played to a sold out crowd in Toronto, one of the many stops of their world tour to promote the new material from Hardwired… To Self-Destruct. This album is a combination of earth-shaking, scorching rhythms as delivered by the rhythm section of bass player Robert Trujillo and drummer Lars Ulrich. Guitarists, Kirk Hammett and Hetfield were on point with their lightning-fingered leads and melodic powerful riffs throughout the album.
To the delight of the concert goers, the show was a two and a half hour spectacle of sight and sound as could only be weaved by Metallica. This was their first big venue show here since 2009 (they were at the Opera House back in November for a special benefit) with all four Metallica band members projected onto a huge screen, enhanced by accompanying video for each song.
The usual spectacular pyrotechnics that Metallica has built was part of the concert, so intense one could feel hot flashes of eyebrow-singeing flame, and a “march of fire” effect delivered during “Moth Into Flame” at Hammett’s stage side.
The sound for “Hardwired” wasn’t just loud but so clear, the group replicated arrangements of their well known material and even offered a couple of twists of the newer stuff, most notably a lengthy African drum beat on “Now That We’re Dead” that found Hetfield beating out rhythms on a snare while the other three were displaying their inner tribesman on gigantic percussion instruments.
Ride the Lightning’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls;” And Justice For All’s “One” and “Wherever I May Roam” were among the hits of songs played by the band. All the members took the time to stroll down a ramp to the “Snake pit”, which has been a main stay since the early days of their concert tours of 1990.
Before the start of “Seek and Destroy,” the entire band moved to the front of the area and drummer Ulrich plucked a kid from the Snake pit, a 13 year old boy who drummed out the first four beats of the song on the kit before being returned to the crowd.
Metallica philosophy has changed over the years, Hetfield emphasized at the beginning of the show that it “was a celebration of life” with the word “family” being mentioned throughout the show. Robert Trujillo’s lengthy bass solo was highlighted with a touching photo montage to pay tribute to the late Cliff Burton, Metallica’s first bassist who was tragically killed during a tour accident.
The encore was – “Blackened,” “Nothing Else Matters” and a different sounding “Enter Sandman,” the band members appreciated the fans, and stayed to slap hands, throw out guitar picks and drumsticks and individually express their admiration for over three decades of support.
The Ecstasy of Gold
(Ennio Morricone song)
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Now That We’re Dead
(with extended middle drum… more )
Moth Into Flame
Wherever I May Roam
Halo on Fire
(followed by Kirk and Rob’solo&more )
Hit the Lights
Sad but True
Master of Puppets
Fade to Black
(preceded by ‘Through the… more )
Seek & Destroy
Nothing Else Matters
(with ‘The Frayed Ends of Sanity’ outro)