Our fearless leader Brad Mindich is out in San Francisco with Metallica as the band celebrates its 30th anniversary with a string of once-in-a-lifetime gigs at the Fillmore. Here's his photos and report from last night:
If you're a Metallica fan these four shows at the Fillmore were everything you could have hoped for from the masters of metal.
Last night kicked off the first of four METALLICA shows -- open only to members of the band's fan club selected in a lottery -- at San Francisco's Fillmore to celebrate the Bay Area metal gods' 30th anniversary.
Performing one of the sickest sets of their career, hooking back up with estranged bassist Jason Newsted, welcoming members of Saxon, Diamond Head, and Apocolyptica (and even the tech crew and a fan) to join in on songs showed precisely why the group can do a universally-panned shitfest with Lou Reed and still come out looking cool.
As Hallowe'en approaches, so does the impending release of Metallica's new album, Lulu, a double-CD collaboration with venerated legend Lou Reed. As if the pairing of Metallica and Reed wasn't random enough, the album is an adaptation of a trilogy of works by late-19th-century German expressionist playwright Frank Wedekind, whose work is perhaps best-known as having inspired the 1929 Louise Brooks vehicle Pandora's Box: