Metallica: 40th Anniversary Concert (2021)
Made up mostly of 18,000 ardent fan club lunatics, these shows came live and loud from the Chase Center in San Francisco this month and feature some less played songs on a set list that is as surprising as it is satisfying. Starting with 'Hit The Lights', 'Creeping Death' and 'Trapped Under Ice', we know we're in for a rarer than usual treat.
40th Anniversary? Really? Already? What happened to the time? As someone who saw Dave Mustaine's new band Megadeth performing at Donington at the end of the eighties, after leaving Metallica himself to pursue his own goals and ambitions, the band, with the exception of Jason Newstead is pretty much the one we were familiar even back then. Inevitably, the family has had it's fallings out and tragedies, like any family, but here, let's be honest, like them or not, is an example of royalty adorned with guitars.
Nevertheless, with the inevitable passing of time, there is less physicality and slightly larger paunches, but this doesn't make the music any less awesome, delivered as clinically as it ever was. With interlude nods to the past, we understand they still recognise their origins and are grateful for what they have managed to achieve with help from some astounding band members along the way.
A great trip for Metallica fans everywhere, with a few surprises thrown in for good measure.