Ep.275 – Metallica @ Sommet Center – Nashville, TN – 09/14/09
Sep 16th, 2009
Category: Metallica, Nashville, Sommet Center, Video Concert Reviews
I felt the coolest I that I have ever felt as our group of photographers walked through the basement halls of the Sommet making our way to the gates which released us to an arena full of Metallica fans. I needed theme music or something. We took our places beside the stage built in the center of the arena, and I was so ready to rock.
The Hugest Photo Pass I’ve Ever Seen
The show wasn’t what I expected. That’s not to say it wasn’t kick-ass, or that I’m sorry I went. Metallica composes the most beautiful songs with balls that I’ve ever heard, and I am thrilled that I got to see them live. I just had something else in mind.
Stage Notes – No Idea What They Mean
First off all, I anticipated a floor packed to the max with sweaty scary people pushing and fighting. From where I was sitting, there was plenty of empty space on the floor to move around, and everyone I met was sweet as pie. Well, maybe not pie…more like Long Island Iced Tea sweet.
The set wasn’t bad, but I thought there’d be more to it. The stage in the middle of the floor worked well for the show, and the band covered the territory. Lars’ drum set rotated throughout the performance, and the guys played every angle of the stage (except for when Lemmy from Motörhead came out. Those songs were played to one section.)
I’m not sure how I felt about the coffin-like structures hanging above the stage, slowly twisting and turning during certain numbers. If there were video screens on them or something, they’d be a thosand times cooler. Speaking of, there weren’t any video screens projecting the show, which surprised me. This was probably done to prevent obstructed views and/or save money.
The lasers and pyro bursts were exciting, and I loved the black Metallica beach balls that were dropped into the crowd. Yet, there was something missing, and I’m not really sure what. Maybe it was too much of the same elements repeated throughout the show. Maybe the sound wasn’t as clear as I wanted it to be. Maybe I’m just lame and wanted to hear all the hits, and nothing but. The only Metallica album I own is the live album with the San Francisco Orchestra (S&M) – and I love it. So, my musical tastes may play a factor.
After looking at the set list, Metallica put together a decent selection for semi-fans and die-hards. For the mega Metallica fans, I’m sure this show was incredible. When it’s solely about the memories and music – the extra stuff just adds to the experience. And then, Lemmy…come on. The place erupted!
Found This Picture Online Credited To Metallica.com
If I have the chance, you bet your ass I’ll see Metallica again. They put on an honest, no-frills necessary, heavy metal show.
Set List (as seen on RollingStone.com)
“That Was Just Your Life”
“The End Of The Line”
“Holier Than Thou”
“Broken, Beat & Scarred”
“Sad But True”
“Turn the Page”
“All Nightmare Long”
“The Day That Never Comes”
“Master of Puppets”
“Nothing Else Matters”
“Too Late Too Late”
“Seek and Destroy”