Posted in metal | music on December 10, 2013

by Doug Moore

Metallica in Antarctica (via Metallica.com)
Metallica

Back in October, Metallica announced that they'd be playing a Coke Zero-sponsored show in Antarctica of all places for a select few South American contest winners. Metallica followed through on this bizarre premise this past Sunday (12/8), and slick footage of the entire gig is now available on Youtube (and streaming below).

This show was, alas, not Metallica's best effort, but the footage is still interesting and fun to watch. Some observations:

--How the hell did they not play "Trapped Under Ice"? Where was their PR and management on this one?
--There's a reason that the guitars and bass sound weirdly plastic and cheap -- the band couldn't or didn't want to deal with the considerable logistical hassle of getting real amps to Antarctica, so they're piping artificial tones directly into the headphones that everyone in the vid is wearing. You'd think that Metallica could manage better D/I tones, though.
--As ever with modern Metallica, there's some cringe-inducing moments here, like Hetfield responding to a crowd-sung lyric with "YOU BETCHA!!"
--There are also some more warm 'n fuzzy moments, like the "olé olé olé" football chant between that breaks out at one point.
PREVIOUSLY:
* Metallica are sort of Beliebers
* Metallica played the Apollo
* Metallica going 3-D in new movie, 'Through the Never'
* Metallica did a "surprise" Orien Fest set playing 'Kill Em All' in its entirety

Stream the Antarctica show and check out the set list below...

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Metallica in Antarctica

Setlist:
1. Creeping Death
2. For Whom the Bell Tolls
3. Sad But True
4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
5. Master of Puppets
6. One
7. Blackened
8. Nothing Else Matters
9. Enter Sandman
10. Seek & Destroy

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Tags: Metallica

Comments (26)

Sounds pretty bad ass to me.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 11:35 AM

These guys are such goofballs.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 11:38 AM

I got one ticket outside for $5.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 11:40 AM

No encore! Weak Sauce. I waited outside by thier tour bus afterwords and they were acting jerky. Hetfield was carrying an Armani shopping bag and laughing at us!

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 11:41 AM

I wonder what the carbon footprint of that show was? Delivering all the people and gear down there to play in front of what? 30 people? Maybe they shoulda played a farewell gig to the polar ice cap.

Posted by BenInBrooklyn | December 10, 2013 11:43 AM

Tour merch was crazy! Coats for $200! Tee shirts were cheap though

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 11:44 AM

The line to get in stretch on forever. Inside the beer was cold however.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 11:46 AM

The commenters on the this are the least funny people in the world. Jesus, these attempts at comedy are sad.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 11:49 AM

^Carbon footprints are no laughing matter.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 11:59 AM

Its way more funnier then Hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 12:00 PM

I actually lolled a few times

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 12:07 PM

Who the fuck mixed this shit.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 12:23 PM

^was there even a sound board?

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 12:28 PM

Who was the asshole that told them this would make them cool again. Liar!

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 12:32 PM

It actually did make them cool. Cold, in fact.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 12:41 PM

Cool -io should have opened up. Or the Vanilla Ice

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 12:54 PM

would stick it in the reporter girl's south pole if you know what i mean hehehehe

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 2:19 PM

"This show was, alas, not Metallica's best effort..."
Dude, you try to play in -20 degree weather. Can't please anyone.

Posted by Lars | December 10, 2013 2:28 PM

I got a ticket for $10 outside.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 2:34 PM

James takes your concern about the ecological matter on this show and said "carbon footprints up your ass".
That should solve the issue.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 3:05 PM

11:43 thinks his high speed internet connection is powered by dolphin farts and singing babies, not flaming piles of coal.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 3:12 PM

They sound like they're playing through 15 watt Crate amps.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 7:58 PM

Jesus, the girl in the video talks too much.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2013 8:32 PM

Yeah this concert was definitely badass. If you don't like the sound quality that's your problem - you didn't get to rock out in Antarctica.

Posted by Anthony | December 13, 2013 1:57 AM

They are a millenarium band and you Zacarias Blanco are you like a Zeus in a band? really? Bro only you enjoy this concert and you shut up now

Posted by Romas | October 28, 2014 6:41 PM

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