Posted in music | pictures on September 23, 2013

photos by P Squared, words by Wyatt Marshall

Metallica
Metallica

I hope someone's figured out time travel at this point, because I need to hightail it back to the mid-nineties and high five ten-year-old me--space-time continuum be damned. Seeing Metallica would have been cool as hell then, but seeing them in a venue like the 1,500 cap Apollo would have had me more amped than clearing out a pantry-full of Squeezits.

Metallica played the Apollo Theater Saturday night (9/21) for a Sirius XM sponsored show, a celebration of the new limited-run Sirius XM (9/13-10/6) Mandatory Metallica channel and part of the continuing drumroll for the forthcoming action/concert IMAX 3D movie Metallica Through the Never. That film and Metallica's trajectory over the past twenty years leaves many fans of classic Metallica shaking their heads, and for good reason. But one thing that was made abundantly clear at the Apollo was that Metallica still delivers one hell of a performance, and they know to lean on the early portion of their discography.

The crowd at the Apollo was mostly older, and there were a number of dads with their teenaged or younger sons. Those kids were lucky--they're unlikely to have the chance to see Metallica in a venue smaller than a stadium again. People were aware of that, and some Craigslisters were offering up to $600 for a ticket. Given that the tickets were given away to Sirius XM subscribers, it was a hell of a return for whoever decided to let theirs go.

Metallica opened the show, which aired live on Mandatory Metallica, the same way they opened Kill 'em All. "Hit the Lights" gave way to a classic back-to-back of "Master of Puppets" and "Ride the Lightning," and it was then, with Kirk Hammett masterfully soloing while Hetfield riffed-out and Lars pummeled the kit like, well, Lars, that it sunk in that Metallica was playing the same venue where James Brown and Etta James used to bring the house down--which, to be honest, is kind of weird. Hetfield even joked about it early on, after "Ride the Lightning," when he said, "I can't believe they're letting us play this place." Jokes aside, Metallica seemed genuinely proud to play the Apollo. Hetfield was beaming throughout, and the band looked like they were soaking it all in.

Metallica, if you haven't seen them live, sound great on stage. The songs from the band's early years are bigger and richer than the tinny production on the original albums--there's a whole lot of charm in those relatively lo-fi recordings, but the classics take on a different nature live. Though inevitably someone has gripes with some of the choices on the setlist at the Apollo it was, on the whole, pretty damn good. Sure, I may have gone for a beer when "The Day That Never Comes" off of Death Magnetic came on (and ran into a friend from another music website seizing the same opportunity), but hey, it gave me the opportunity to get a beer without missing something I really wanted to see.

The show was long--over two hours--and throughout the entire performance, Metallica didn't skip a beat. That's what almost 35 years of touring will get you. Inevitably, at the end of the set we got "Nothing Else Matters" and "Enter Sandman." The nearly half-hour encore, though, was back to basics--"Creeping Death," "Battery" and "Seek and Destroy." Full, fast and pummeling, Metallica sounded awesome in Harlem.

The next day (9/22), Metallica played "Enter Sandman," Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera's entrance music, at Sunday's Yankees game to honor Rivera's retirement (not the first time they played Yankee Stadium). Video of that below.

Continuing their media blitz, Metallica played "One" and "Enter Sandman" on The Howard Stern Show on Sirius XM this morning (9/23). Howard was in attendance at the Apollo, and caused a minor sensation when he had to walk through a beer line to get to his seat.

More Apollo pictures, along with video and setlist from the show, the Yankee Stadium video, and a clip of "Master of Puppets" from Metallica's "Through the Never" movie, below...

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Metallica - "Enter Sandman" at Yankee Stadium - 9/22/13

Metallica - "Seek and Destroy" at The Apollo - 9/21/13

Metallica - Master Of Puppets (Live)

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Metallica Setlist at the Apollo Theater
"Hit the Lights"
"Master of Puppets"
"Ride the Lightning"
"Harvester of Sorrow"
"The Day That Never Comes"
"The Memory Remains"
"Broken, Beat and Scarred"
"Welcome Home (Sanitarium)"
"Sad But True"
"Orion"
"One"
"For Whom the Bell Tolls"
"Blackened"
"Nothing Else Matters"
"Enter Sandman"
Encore
"Creeping Death"
"Battery"
"Seek and Destroy"

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Comments (45)

Show for subscribers - yeah right. How many actual non-connected people "won" tickets. They could have had it at the Garden and maybe some actual subscribers could have gone.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 4:04 PM

Aww, Little Jimmy Norton looks darling

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 4:07 PM

Does D have opinions about this show/happening?

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 4:09 PM

4:04, probably about 50.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 4:12 PM

I gotta admit, the show was pretty awesome. And you got a free t-shirt. And the beer was free, too.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 4:13 PM

they still exist

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 4:13 PM

George Wendt looks weird with long hair.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 4:14 PM

Lars trying to rock the long hair again. At least they haven't gotten fat 30 years in.

Too many damn pictures. Learn some editing skills.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 4:15 PM

It's so sad to see what has become of Howard Stern. He's so irrelevant and forgotten now. Remember when he was huge?

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 4:17 PM

Orion, One, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Blackened is a pretty awesome 4 pack of songs.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 4:17 PM

most white people ever allowed in the Apollo?

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 4:18 PM

4:17(#1) - Howard is worth hundreds of millions now. I don't think he cares about being relevant.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 4:22 PM

I saw M. Ward there once. Sounded pretty terrible. Metallica sounded good?

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 4:23 PM

with the 50s dad hair and patched up jean vest, hetfield could pass for any hipster metal fan hanging out at st. vitus. all that's missing is the beard, glasses and hockey pucks in the ears

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 4:23 PM

@4:04

AS somebody who was actually there i would say it was about 85% non-connected people. I was in the 4th row and the guys next to me were just regular fans......

Good for you buddy

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 4:25 PM

Is Lars trying to pretend that he's not BALDing?

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 4:34 PM

Did Gabe Spierer enjoy the show?

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 4:36 PM

meh-ta, meh-tal, meh-tallica

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 4:38 PM

I actually really like Metallica. The first four albums are classic. Black is classic in a different way. Load/Reload have some surprise hidden gems (Outlaw Torn in particular), the next one is unlistenable, and the new one is pretty heavy. I'm glad they still play and look forward to a tour.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 4:39 PM

Need more pictures. Every post should take me at least 90 minutes to scroll through, otherwise I'm not interested.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 4:44 PM

I second the Lil Jimmy comment. Of course, in a Sabbath shirt.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 4:46 PM

man Lars looks terrible these days

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 4:46 PM

Not sure who looks worse, Lars or Howie.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 4:47 PM

fla-fla-flo-hi

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 4:47 PM

I don't think James or Kirk look any worse than the average 50 year old. Of course it's funny that they're still playing heavy metal

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 4:48 PM

I'm holding out for the Lulu tour myself

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 4:51 PM

Sellouts.

Posted by Wallis | September 23, 2013 4:54 PM

Lars has a skullet!

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 5:23 PM

It would be awesome if Howard tried to bang his head and his wig flew off.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 5:31 PM

ok. despite Lars' silliness for basically legally fighting his own fans re: Napster Metallica has made some epic fuckin' tracks.
The offbeat gallops of Damage Inc. to Battery...holy shit!

this band was basically always huge but for those too young to recall....And Justice For All and The Black LP were the first two Metal albums that mainstream media actually applauded. not a big deal you say?
well, so many other good acts were way off the radar prior to those Lps. it was those LPS that assisted other deserving Metal bands to receive praise they deserved but never got.

sure, that documentary or whatever of them going to therapy was painful to watch and they have been very commercial for some time....but this still doesn't erase the impact they made for years. Live, this band can still bring it.

and I'm not even a Metal head! just saying. now, can any of you do the Master of Puppets solo properly? or sing AND play Battery at the same time? No?
then shut the fuck up and go back to your Guitar Hero.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 5:45 PM

5:45 is just mad because his mom wouldn't let him go to the concert

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 6:00 PM

not enough pictures

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 6:49 PM

Bassist is an ape

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2013 11:06 PM

you fuck. I'm old enough to be your father.

Posted by jeff | September 23, 2013 11:16 PM

WOW a lot of pictures! Thanks a lot

Posted by Venta de tablets en Bogota | September 24, 2013 6:54 AM

nice set, harvester of sorrow is awesome

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2013 10:05 AM

Old dadrock. Boring.

Posted by Astralfucker | September 24, 2013 10:15 AM

Not enough violins

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2013 1:27 PM

Bald Lars is about the funniest shit I've seen in a long time.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2013 1:45 PM

^he looks a lot like John Clayton. lol

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2013 2:04 PM

nice shot of Ronnie B and Fez!

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2013 4:26 PM

That the guy on the horse is the master of puppets because he is not being attacked by anyone, but Trip´╗┐ the main character is like Igor in the situation and he attacks the master of puppets and rules him.

Posted by Ayleen | October 16, 2013 2:07 PM

All you fux that rip on Metallica need to get a life. This band IS METAL and paved the way for so many clones trying to emulate them. They still rock because they can and because they OWN the genre. Their repertoire rivals that of Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelins, and they have legions of fans. They can go ANYWHERE on EARTH and play to hundreds of thousands. Yea, getting old sucks but it is bands like this one that make us feel young again. Instead of bashing guys for being bald or whatever, how about comparing bank accounts?..losers!!!!!

Posted by PatrickLA | October 26, 2013 10:20 AM

I assure you that we don't care, we just keep reminding people like you that " understanding real art " isn't that easy, and if you can't see the beauty of this music, you just have to let other people enjoy it, without polluting the comments side with your cultural emptiness.´╗┐

Posted by Namic | October 18, 2014 1:38 PM

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