For many South Island Metallica fans, it was the concert of a life time – for me it was a dream come true. Christchurch crowds are hungry enough at the best of times, but when the most famous metal band in the world are in attendance they’re downright ravenous, as evidenced by the sea of black jeans and t-shirts surging in anticipation of finally seeing their heroes in the flesh. Ten years ago there would have been a lot more long hair and ripped denim, but while the fashion has changed and time’s added a few wrinkles here and there, Metallica’s spirit has not dulled with age.
Admittedly, going to a Metallica concert in 2010 prompts a reservation or two. Does James Hetfield’s voice still have what it takes? And will they play the old favourites such as One, Master of Puppets and the much loved (though not by me personally) Enter Sandman? As a devoted fan of 16 years I prepared myself for potential disappointment, however it soon became evident that there was no need for such trivial concerns. From the first note of That Was Just Your Life to the fading feedback at the end of Seek and Destroy, they played with all the heart one would have expected to see in the 1980s.