|RANDOM THOUGHTS ON A FANTASTIC NIGHT
Let's start with random words, because
listen, this was a really, really unique and
random kind of night. Heavy. Energy. Fast.
Passionate. Happy. Loose. Good. Roaring. Energy.
Where do I stop? I don't want to. And frankly, I
don't think they wanted to either
tonight...because believe it when I tell you
that I firmly believe this is the most fun this
band has had playing live for a decade, maybe
even more, but let's begin with a decade.
This was the turbo-charged set. the
high-octane one. The one that suggested to me
Metallica have been kind of 'cruising' for years
prior to now. You can't truely recognize how
hungry they can be until seeing them wanna wolf
these moments down like the first meal after a
starvation diet, and tonight these chaps were
stuffing themselves, gorging themselves silly on
the ferocious energy generated between
themselves and the loudest audience I've ever
heard at The Fillmore.
"You think we've rehearsed for this?" laughed
James. " This is reharsal. Are the lights
working? The crowd's working!" Correct on both
counts. Oh yes it was loose. of course it was.
but that is PART OF THE FUN OF LIVE SHOWS, and
for the first time i can remember, Metallica
seem to not only understand but agree. mistakes
which would normally have encouraged a shower of
spat water were instead met with loose fun,
calm, laughter and the inner-knowledge that in
the bigger picture, they don't matter. And the
crowd was on hollar-duty, screaming and yelling
the roof off (though it must be said they got
beaten down by the set)
Opening with 'Hit The Lights', there was more
energy and charge than anyone could've imagined.
These aren't empty words, and I intend to ask
the guys in the next few days, but I'm guessing
that they were reduced to awestruck teenagedom.
They all looked 18 again. seriously. and surely
a lot of that must stem from the fact that this
feels like a band who no longer take things for
granted. this might explain why there was more
'KIll 'Em All' material played tonight than I've
heard for over 15 ye...no, ever. read it here:
these guys are happy to revisit those Carl Lewis
(with the steroids and all of it!) classics, the
corner stone foundations for the 'Black' album
and all that has come with it.One song
description I know you want, the newbie.
'Frantic'. Wicked riffs, '...Justice' like
changes with a sharpened, razored edge,
abrasive, caustic, raw raw RAW!
The only way I can describe Robert Trujillo's
performance is seemless, fluid and like that of
a man who's been in this band for aeons already.
He has brought a waviness, a bendiness, a
fluidity (and don't start picking apart the
adjectives, this is really what he feels like,
in sound and in presence, a connecter up there,
the quiet positive elastic superglue of the
band.And the other performances were just as
exciting. A tad rusty here and there, but that
(and I know I've made the point once but I'd
like to re-emphasize it) is the wonderful
uniqueness of alive show, the sort of thing
which makes that night your special night, and
the fact that now these guys ride with it, safe
in the knowledge that these are the sorts of
squeaks that happen when the car hasn't been
driven for a while
Again, the most stunning aspect of the night
to these eyes and ears was the abundant
positivity up there. No games. No grumps. No
motions. Just clear, raw, unfiltered and
unpasteurized focus, the sort of focus that only
occurs when people really, really want it. And
because of that, you'll really want it too. And
they won't disappoint, the proof was here.And I
fel it will be here tommorow, and the next show,
and the Summer Tour, and the '...Sanitarium' and
their now-confirmed longevity.
There's more to say, so much more, but that's
it for now. Yes it was great and yes, I'm sorry
you weren't here. Really...to-be-continued
Hit The Lights
The 4 Horsemen
Fade To Black
Am I Evil?