Metallica Celebrate Life’ at Surprisingly Feel-Good U.S. Tour

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AC/DC’s “It’s a Long Way to the Top” felt like the perfect choice for the lights-down intro music at Metallica’s concert at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Friday night (August 4). This marked the first show of the U.S. leg of the band’s M72 World Tour, and also coincided with Metallica frontman James Hetfield’s birthday, making the night all the more special.

Gratitude and Celebration:

With four decades since their debut album “Kill ‘Em All,” Metallica has faced various challenges throughout its career, including personal struggles, fan backlash, and public humiliation. Despite the ups and downs, the band found themselves at the peak of their success, performing in the round at the 80,000-capacity MetLife Stadium. Their gratitude for being there was infectious, as they embarked on the “No Repeat Weekend” strategy, playing two nights at the same venue with entirely different setlists.

A Setlist to Remember:

Metallica’s setlist for the night was an impressive mix of deep cuts and crowd favourites. The band’s confidence allowed them to start with lesser-known songs like “Creeping Death,” “Harvester of Sorrow,” and “Holier Than Thou” without missing a beat. Even with a setlist of 16 songs, they couldn’t possibly fit all their hits, but the performance was impeccable, leaving the audience in awe.

A Life-Affirming Experience:

The concert proved to be a life-affirming experience, with the band’s positive vibes permeating the entire show. Despite the heavy metal reputation, the night felt genuinely joyous and celebratory. Frontman James Hetfield, on his 60th birthday, expressed his gratitude to the crowd and appreciated making it through seven decades of life. “My seventh decade on the planet… I can’t believe it,” he rhapsodized from on stage. “Younger me would be saying, ‘You made it. You effing made it.'” This heartfelt moment added an emotional depth to the show and connected the band even closer to their devoted fans.

The Virtuosity of the Band:

Throughout the night, Metallica displayed their virtuosity as musicians. Each member demonstrated exceptional skills, from Lars Ulrich’s powerful drumming to Kirk Hammett’s explosive and radiant guitar leads. Bassist Robert Trujillo’s boundless energy injected a fresh spark into the performance, proving that he remains a fantastic addition to the band, even after two decades.

Fan Favorites and New Material:

Metallica managed to strike a perfect balance between their iconic hits and new material. They treated fans to nearly 10-minute renditions of both “Orion” and “The Day That Never Comes,” captivating the audience with their musical prowess. Even the newer songs from the “72 Seasons” album came alive on stage, resonating with fans as if they were forgotten b-sides from their classic period.


Metallica’s U.S. tour opener at MetLife Stadium was a remarkable and memorable celebration of their 40-year journey. With a blend of fan-favourite hits and lesser-known gems, the band proved their ability to captivate and entertain. Their infectious enthusiasm and good vibes made the night truly special, leaving fans eagerly anticipating their next concert on this incredible tour. As they continue their “No Repeat Weekend” strategy, Metallica remains true to their spirit of exploration and delivers unforgettable experiences that celebrate life and the enduring power of their music.

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