5/14/08, Los Angeles: Rumor had it that they were going to be playing two sets: Master of Puppets all the way through, followed by their soon-to-be-released new album all the way through. This was not the case. It was pretty much 'tallica 101. All old tunes, only one was from the post-"Black Album" era. Strictly old skool. Flea joined the dudes for "Fight Fire With Fire," and hearing him shred that thunderbroom next to Metallica's "new guy" Rob Trujillo was apocalyptically awesome. That sound is faster than light. That Einstein guy was way off. "One" was another intense highlight, complete with the harrowing combat noises from the studio version and some well-timed strobes. Other than that, the group's stage set-up was lean and mean -- no inflatable props or video screens or confetti or what have you. Plus, by playing cordless instruments (and using surprisingly few pedals), the stage is virtually bare.
It was pretty amazing, even up in the balcony (except a bunch o peeps were sitting down! What is this -- Sufjan Stevens?). It was all for a good cause -- the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. Singer James Hetfield seemed genuinely tickled to be playing such a relatively small joint for the first time in a loooong time (Wiltern fits maybe 2,500 human beings). At the end, the group threw enough guitar picks into the crowd to start another conservatory of music. Hetfield even got a few as far as the balcony! He exited with "...and THAT'S why we're in a band!"
After finishing a really difficult tax return, do CPAs stand up, lean out the window and yell "...and THAT'S why I'm an accountant!"?
I was super late (missed at least twenty minutes!), but I only missed four songs. Here is the complete setlist (set list?) from METALLICA's show at the Wiltern Theater in L.A. tonight:
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
…And Justice For All
Sad But True
Master of Puppets
Last Caress/Green Hell (Misfits cover)
Fight Fire With Fire (w/Flea on Second Bass!)
Seek and Destroy