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The Long Awaited Metallica Bonnaroo Review

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Posted by admin On June - 25 - 2008

-B.E.- Yes, I am aware that it has been almost two weeks since Metallica played at Bonnaroo. However, a review of the greatest metal band ever is not something that can be rushed. It must be allowed to come to fruition only when it is ready. Ok, thats a bunch of crap, but law school is tough. If any of you readers have a problem, I encourage you this time to consult the lyrics of your favorite Keith Urban song.

Anyway, as I have mentioned, Metallica is probably my favorite band and without question was my favorite band that I had never seen live. Needless to say, I had very high expectations. I was very interested to find out what their set list was going to be like. For the n00bs out there, Metallica is a band that has been searching for an identity for the last 20 years. Are they the band with 8-10 minute epics like those in Kill ’em All, Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets, and ...And Justice For All? Or, are they the pop metal band that we saw in the incredibly successful self-titled Black Album? This identity crisis was perhaps most evident in Load, ReLoad, and Garage Inc.? Not that those albums were terrible, there were some jams, but in general they lacked the “lets rock and see how fast we can play” intensity that Metallica die-hards have come to love.

As Andy and I entered the festival grounds at around 11:15 am Friday (Metallica wasn’t supposed to go on until 9:00 pm) Metallica fans were congregated around the gate to the main stage waiting for it to open. I was immediately impressed and had that warm “You’re not alone” feeling. Thank God for the Raconteurs, Stephen Marley, and Chris Rock otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to make it to 9:00 pm without going crazy. Finally as Chris Rock was finishing his last joke I realized that it was finally going to happen, I was going to see Metallica!

As they have done for years, the show started with a dark stage and the slowly “Extacy of Gold.” If you haven’t heard that song its from The Good the Bad and the Ugly and the stunts beginning both of the Jackass movies. Either way, I got the chills as they immediately transitioned into….Read the whole review here

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