The week started with the completion of my "binge and purge" period pertaining to the live Metallica experience. Monday and Tuesday found the Metallica/Machine Head tour in my backyard and I was ready to soak it in.
Truth be told I was near for the chaotic 15 minutes and silently wondered if they were going to play at all. A piece of the main guitar rig malfunctioned and all the preset sounds for the set were wiped out. From my POV the MH crew did whatever it was that needed to be done under the pressure of 30,000 eyes staring them down.
Soundwise it was also a bit spotty at first, it was actually a lot clearer on the floor than when I hit the seats. Regardless, crowd interaction was definitely there so the rough start eventually hit smooth waters. The band didn't bother pissing and moaning about the tech issues, who wants to hear that? Instead they bulldozed through what time they did have.
"Clenching the Fists of Dissent", "Imperium", "Halo", "Descend The Shades of Night" and "Davidian" were executed with all the power and fury anyone in attendance could've hoped for. Chicago has always been an important place for MH and while night one may have left some confused at the shortened set, night two completely eclipsed any lingering thoughts from a day earlier.
Metallica fared a little better right out of the gate, and with a multi-million dollar operation running almost nightly that's the way it should be! After seeing so many of these shows it's been cool to see how professionally they're run.
You essentially get the same set list of new 'Death Magnetic' songs and standards ("Sad But True", "Enter Sandman", "Master Of Puppets", "Seek and Destroy", "Nothing Else Matters" etc. with a rotating list of maybe 4 or 5 songs...but I will admit when it's "your jam" (a.k.a. the hi-five moment) I don't care if you're seeing it for the twentieth time, it's fucking on!
("Trapped Under Ice")
While nursing a hangover on Wednesday word got out that the Rock and Roll world lost one of the greats.
Billy holding his own with the very best...2:37-4:02