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Metallica Live in Oklahoma City

By Tokemaster General, Contributor
Monday, June 7, 2004 @ 0:35 AM


Metallica Live at the Ford Cen

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REVIEW BY: lowman1097

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Ahhhh… the good ol' live Metallica vibe. You just can't beat it. Finally, the night I had been waiting for, for nearly 2 1/2 months since I bought my tickets had arrived.

We arrived at the arena and went through the obligatory security checks and all that good stuff. I managed to grab a pretzel and a water and found our seats... first section off the floor... a little to the left, so needless to say... we had a stellar view of everything. The lights came down and Godsmack hit the stage. I dislike this band to no end, so I won't even go into it.

So, intermission comes and since alcohol sales stopped at 8:20pm (Signs all over the venue stated "Per the artist request, alcohol sales will end promptly at 8:20") no one could drink... thus making the crown anxious as hell during the one hour wait, so what happens? A full-on Oklahoma breast flashing fest. A girl in the row above us was absolutely hammered already and screaming to the top of her lungs, all the while bearing her breasts to anyone who wanted to look. This girl was plastered beyond belief and shouted, "All you bitches grow some balls and show your titties" to all the women around her. Thank God her annoying ass was carted away by the local pigs. That voice was damn unbearable. Still the tit-competition continued around the arena all the way up until the lights came down.

Metallica's intro music, "Ecstasy Of Gold," started. The crowd was going completely nuts. Spotlights pointed toward an entrance to the arena and here they come. James, Kirk, Lars, and Robert ran down an aisle of barriers between the crowd, high-fiving and smiling all the way up to the stage. The boys strapped on their respective instruments and immediately plowed through "Blackened" and "Fuel" before greeting the crowd. All the usual fan favorites were played as well as a couple of surprises like "I Disapear" and "No Leaf Clover." That was the part of the show I really dug... for a guy that has seen them 5 times, its finally a treat to hear them play some stuff you don't usually hear. For guys hitting that ominous 40-year old mark, they sure didn't show it. A bright, young, aggressive energy possessed them that hasn't been seen in quite a long time.

Say what you will about their latest album, St. Anger, (I have to admit myself it’s not my favorite) for some reason the stars aligned and when they broke into the title track off that disc -- it was like hearing this song for the first time, but a 100 times better. I did not think it would shine through like it did, but “St. Anger” crushed and pummeled. A definite surprise standout for me.

Also, something has to be said for Robert Trujillo. This is without a doubt the band he is supposed to be in right now. His talent and energy obviously gave Metallica a kick in the ass. During the drum breakdown in "St. Anger," he threw his bass to a security guard and jumped around, shadow-boxing, pounding his chest and getting in the crowd’s faces. I hope I have that much energy when I'm 40. Of course he did his signature windmill spin during "Seek And Destroy" that’s always an audience favorite.

All in all, I got my money's worth and then some. After 20-plus years, the guys still dominate a live setting, better than guys half their age. Can't wait for them to roll through town again!

Setlist:

Blackened
Fuel
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Fade To Black
Frantic
King Nothing
I Disappear
St. Anger
Sad But True
Creeping Death
Battery

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No Leaf Clover
Nothing Else Matters
Master of Puppets
One
Enter Sandman

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Stone Cold Crazy
Seek And Destroy



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