Although I just saw Metallica play at the Download Festival in the U.K. in June 2012 an opportunity came up to see a special concert at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada on August 27th for only $5! So it was time to get up there from Seattle ASAP and ride the lightning again (I heard this song live for the first time at this show)!
Metallica had already played two shows on the weekend in Vancouver as part of a mini-tour that had a few dates in Canada (Edmonton and Vancouver only) and Mexico City, Mexico. A strange combination of dates! Then they added this extra date with tickets only going on sale a few days before the actual event.
The ticket price went to a local food back charity and the concert was to finish filming of Metallica’s 3D movie that will be released in 2013 titled Metallica Through The Never. So instead of their normal 2.5 hour concert, this one had lots of stops and starts, along with crowd interaction as they filmed each song. It ended up going for about 5 hours but seemed to go so fast!
The stage set was really cool. Huge coffin-shaped video screens and massive projection screens would lower from the roof along with flames (Fuel) and crosses (Master of Puppets) coming out of the floor and much more! I really enjoyed seeing this, as all other Metallica shows I have been to have been outdoors with only big screens behind them – none of these types of stage props.
The crowd surrounded the stage and as it was general admission you could get really close. Again this only cost $5!
Now I have to wait to see the final release of Metallica Through The Never to see if I made it into one of the many crowd shots….