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Metallica played Nassau Coliseum in the round (pics, setlist)

“Strong Island, how do you feel?” he asked after the opening combination of “Hardwired” and “Atlas Rise” from the recent “Hardwired . . . to Self Destruct” album. “There is a little bit of history here. We’ve been here a lot.”

As the only nonstadium show of the band’s “WorldWired Tour,” the Coliseum concert was already special because it’s the only time the tour would use a video-screen floor and ceiling for their stage in the round.

But the band seemed determined to take things to the next level. While fans have long been accustomed to stunning epics like “Master of Puppets,” with its punishing time signatures, and speeding thrash guitar solos from Kirk Hammett fit precisely with the rest of the quartet, Wednesday night’s show was balanced with straightforward anthems like “Seek and Destroy.”

“The family here is so awesome; we finish each other’s sentences,” Hetfield said, after welcoming fans who were seeing the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers for the first time. He added, “36 years, we’re still here.” – [Newsday]

Having hit MetLife Stadium earlier in the week, Metallica played Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday night (5/17) for what was a unique show on this tour — playing in the round. Playing in the square to be specific, with a low stage that let fans be real close whenever the band wandered in their direction. The band played a handful of songs from their new album, including “Now That We’re Dead” which had all four members playing giant drums. Metallica significantly mixed-up the set from the MetLife show too. Setlist is below, and pictures from the night are in the gallery above.

SETLIST: Metallica @ Nassau Coliseum 5/17/2017
Atlas, Rise!
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Ride the Lightning
The Unforgiven
Now That We’re Dead
Moth Into Flame
Harvester of Sorrow
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
The Four Horsemen
Sad but True
Master of Puppets
Fade to Black
Seek & Destroy

Nothing Else Matters
Enter Sandman (with ‘The Frayed Ends of Sanity’ outro)

photos by Greg Cristman

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