Posted in metal | music | pictures on September 16, 2011

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Metallica
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The concert, or the tour, or the notion, is called the Big Four, and it needs an asterisk. Long ago one of the four became much bigger than the rest.

In alphabetical order, Anthrax, Megadeth, Metallica and Slayer -- who all played at Yankee Stadium in a thorough and memorable seven-hour concert on Wednesday night -- were the most popular bands of mid-1980s thrash-metal. (Some would prefer a Big Five, and include Testament or Exodus.) Thrash was a powerful mutt: it ran at hardcore-punk speeds and wedged hyper-articulate firebomb guitar solos into small spaces...

[Metallica's] set list was almost identical to what the band played in Indio. It started with the old ("Creeping Death"), moving to the new ("All Nightmare Long") and a we've-earned-it instrumental section ("Orion"), then the hits and landmarks ("One," "Master of Puppets") and back to the old again ("Seek and Destroy"). And it was a proper retrospective, with songs fast and slow and medium, compassionate and merciless.

The last set also included a song involving members of all four bands. Cleverly it was a version of Motorhead's "Overkill," a song that keeps stopping and starting up again. Each time it reanimated, a different drummer took over: Lars Ulrich of Metallica, Dave Lombardo of Slayer, Charlie Benante of Anthrax; the guitarists traded off too.
[New York Times]

We previously posted video of Metallica's epic rendition of Motorhead's "Overkill" with members of Anthrax, Megadeth, Exodus and Slayer, and pics of the Rocks Off Cruise to the stadium, and of all the openers. Here are pictures of Metallica including some shots of the collaboration at the end the set. They continue below...

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Comments (61)

One of my favorite shows of 2011. and yes I saw Sonic Youth, Godspeed, Flying Lotus, LCD, and etc this year.

They can still play great for sure.

Come back soon Metallica.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 1:51 PM

Bald Lars looks like a cross between Jim Norton and Stuart Braithwaite

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 1:52 PM

How do people listen to this garbage

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 1:54 PM

this should have been on a weekend

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 1:59 PM

1:51 - I can forgive you for putting LCD in the list with Sonic Youth and GYBE because this is BV and I assume that you are a child and don't know any better. But Flying Lotus?!?!?? Nah, you're not impressing us you are embarrassing yourself. AND you have just shot all credibility of your opinion, this show, BV, and the internet as a whole right down the shitter. Smooth move, Ex-lax!

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 2:01 PM

@154pm if you think ...and justice for all, ride the lightning and master of puppets are garbage, you need to tell girl talk to put some of those songs for his next cd so that while you're eating your hummus, you can enjoy it. Ok?

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 2:03 PM

In truth, AJFA is the weakest of the early albums

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 2:04 PM

so all these people paid nearly $100 to watch a band on a Television screen? Sorry, I don't get it...

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 2:06 PM

who's the fat old guy playing drums in the pictures on top? was that the opener?

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 2:08 PM

The Last Waltz of metal. No, scratch that. These bands will never touch what the Band accomplished.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 2:21 PM

Damn, I should have went to this.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 2:24 PM

The Band sucks balls. Boring music, boring shows, completely overrated. The Band without Dylan is like Lars without Hetfield.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 2:24 PM

Alright, this opening photo I can get on board with. James Hetfield raising his fists to the sky and bellowing while ostensibly getting blown by the sound guy pretty much sums up everything Metallica is about. :)

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 2:27 PM

Metallica wins Grammies, Slayer is played before Ra Ra Riot shows, and Megadeth have enough money to afford therapy ... this isn't metal, this is "hard pop". Real metal wouldn't be playing in a venue where the volume could not be made to kill small animals.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 2:29 PM

Dave Mustaine wasn't on stage when everyone came out and played overkill and played less then an hour with megadeth. He had some sort of injury he was dealing with. Besides that excellent show from top to bottom.

The best part is that I paid for my night with all the money I made off that LCD soundsystem MSG show you BV hipsters were so jerked off to see. Hope everyone had fun.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 2:32 PM

More like the most boring of the big 4

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 2:34 PM

Metallica shows are fun. Plain and simple.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 2:36 PM

Nice references, 1:52!

2:32: Yeah, Dave injured his neck.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 2:36 PM

Was it loud?

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 2:39 PM

@201pm some people listen to music that was made after year 2002....

flying lotus is one of them and you should give it listen.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 2:42 PM

2:42...understood, but Flying Lotus should not be compared in the same company with SY, GYBE, and Metallica.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 2:49 PM

2:49 the fact that you have to point that our should tell you all you need to know about the Flying Lotus fan. I can't imagine anyone beyond 25 making that list.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 2:53 PM

When did Phil Collins join Metallica?

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 2:54 PM

I saw Metallica once and it was boring and monotonous

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 2:59 PM

Ulrich - not an overrated drummer, a downright bad one. Marky Ramone would be a big trade up.
Hammett - anyone who actually plays guitar knows the book on him. I'd take Mustaine over him, neck injury and all.
Hetfield - keeping the dream alive
Machete dude - got to play Institutionalized every night for a few years - respect.

All together = far exceeds the sum of it's parts.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 3:02 PM

hey james, who's your daddy? who's your daddy?

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 3:42 PM

gets me so excited for that Lou Reed collab!

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 3:54 PM

this looks SO cool

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 4:05 PM

If metallica is the hummus, If slayer is the Pita triangle, and Anthrax is the baby carrot... What would Megadeth be?

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 4:06 PM

"this should have been on a weekend"

why would they do that? that would only make perfect sense

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 4:22 PM

Did they bring their analyst with them?

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 4:24 PM

Yankee stadium is for Derek Jeter on the weekends.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 4:26 PM

is kirk gay?

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 4:35 PM

I wish I went to this!

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 4:35 PM

Troll cunts the lot of ya. "They're not metal". All you dumb fucks on this site have no sense much less knowledge of music history. Now go listen to your never-gonna-be shit bands in shitty venues. That is all.

Posted by Cletus | September 16, 2011 4:40 PM

^ Knows his shit.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 5:27 PM

So Hetfield is a Jesus freak now?
He must not be well read on theology or ancient civilizations then.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 5:55 PM

Lars looks like Phil Collins.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 7:10 PM

No Jethro Tull at this show?

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 10:09 PM

only 5 pictures of machete guy and a shitload of the rest of metallica racist.....

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 10:47 PM

Lars is a great drummer. he may be a dick but he's great. marky ramone? seriously marky ramone's wig is a better drummer.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2011 12:41 AM

Hetfield loved the excessive money for Jesus, tattoos, more guitars than he can play, yeahs, and light shows. Overkill! Not the band either.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2011 2:47 AM

4:22, the only weekend day that was available was September 11th. They didn't want to book that day for obvious reasons.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2011 6:06 AM

This band is bigger and more influential than 98% of the bands mentioned on this site.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2011 6:09 AM

This was a great show. Period.
Metallica deserves respect. Even if they sold out in the 90's, they reached arena-level popularity before that with ZERO radio airplay (at a time when people listened to the radio). The audience crossed over to them initially, not the other way around.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2011 6:11 AM

10:47 haha Machete guy.. btw, he rules. He's a much better bass player than Newsted. And he's a much better fit in the band.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2011 6:26 AM

MEHtallica SUCKS

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2011 8:47 AM

I'm insanely jealous of anyone that got to see this concert. it's not fair!

Posted by Bill | September 17, 2011 10:28 AM

If you've ever seen Metallica play(youtube) Whiplash in the early 90's with Newstead on bass you definitely would not prefer the chulo they have now.

Posted by narc | September 17, 2011 11:46 AM

F the chulo and Newstead....
Cliff Burton motherfers!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2011 12:11 PM

i like sausage

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2011 12:42 PM

I bet you do.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2011 1:52 PM

11:46 - I've seen Metallica dozens of times since 1988. Trujillo is better. Hands down. Better player, more energy, better chemistry with the band.

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2011 5:09 PM

Trujillo is a crab walking bitch. ST rules, but he is NO Newsted. Newsted knew his shit, had more integrity, and was far more accurate and intense of a bass player. But Metallica pretty much died with Cliff Burton.

Posted by Nasty Nate | September 17, 2011 7:16 PM

MAJOR dissapointment for that Motorhead "JAM"
I was hoping for AM I EVIL ??
YES I AM.....
But they did redeem themselves abit with the Next song: BATTERY
Then for the final # ; the Black baloons came flying out & instead of Hitting the Balls BACK the Crowd was DEFLATING them to keep as SOUVENIERS !!
SLAYER was the BEST except they didn't do SEASONS !!
I could care less for Megadeath (HOLY WARS)
and ANTHRAX should have Played LONGER.......

Posted by krist | September 18, 2011 4:45 PM

4:45 Anthrax is the red-headed stepchild of the Big 4, and for no good reason. They are underrated.

Posted by Anonymous | September 18, 2011 7:32 PM

the kings of this stroke fest was slayer... they were tight, brutal and fearless. anthrax coming up second they had something to prove not only to the big 4, but to the hometown crowd, and the people who were coming to see metallica.
Megadeth was third if we were ranking, and I only believe that because Mustaine was visibly behind... for a guy who had neck surgery, and is most likely not on any pain killers (sobriety and all...) he did amazing, not his usual perfectionist as a guitar player attitude, but like any sports team as a fan, you take a win anyway you can get it. Metallica as always production sounded great, the pyro distracts, and the fans know what to do, when to chant, without being cued. with that said... Lars needs to play his drums more, or find himself a replacement. a lot of people say he's not a good drummer, and while i thought he was just a time keeper who did fills for the band, and the business head, as well as a personality, he couldn't keep time anymore. Half the time that Hetfield started doing the chant, I thought it was to make the crowd a metronome. Lars was all over the place that night, and don't give me any well he's old now excuse.... then he has to hang up those songs. Trujillo is an amazing bassist, and much better then Newstead, I would even go so far as to say he is as good as Cliff was, but in a different direction, Trujillo is jazzy/funky, while Cliff was technical and classical.. while Newstead is a follower of whatever the guitars do. The only thing I ever heard him do that was even close to markings of a great bass player, is Crash Course In Brain Surgery.

Posted by amenphoenix | September 19, 2011 3:06 PM

4:40 is right.Man,I hate you fucking kids these days.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2011 11:13 AM

Coming from a hardcore/punk background I still remember when Metallica's now legendary records came out.

Seriously, they could play. Some of the solos were over-indulgent, but those off speed guitar gallops were so great! Sure, the lyrical content wasn't for me, but Metallica took thrash metal and really made their personal mark on it.
You cannot deny the impact they made. Sure, I don't like their personalities, or stadium gigs coupled with over priced tix, but these pics of Hetfield demonstrate the passion is still there.

Anyone remember that Clash of The Titans tour?
The fact that all these bands played within the same time period was a punch to the mainstream that tried to shove processed pop dance music down our throats.
Any of these bands on a bad night play better than their peers.

Posted by jeff | September 22, 2011 4:36 PM

really great

Posted by Greg | February 10, 2014 11:43 AM

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