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From the Pits – METALLICA (30/10/11,Bangalore)


The verdict is in and it is unanimous: Metallica simply blew everything away on 30thOctober, 2011 at the (what should be known as a legendary venue by now, at least from the perspective of the Indian metal fan) Palace Grounds, Bangalore. I thought that I would pull out a few sneering remarks about how some fans had never heard anything but “Nothing Else Matters” and how the collective orgasm on the opening chords of “Enter Sandman” just killed a few of my brain cells, but I have to refrain from doing so and give both Metallica and the Bangalore crowd the silent approval of the devils horns.

Take a bow, Metallica.

Yes, The Black Album got way too much attention; there was no need to play “The Memory Remains” and I would have jumped even more if they had substituted “Fuel” with “Whiplash” but this is just nitpicking. The crowd singing along with the chorus of “Memory Remains” produced an amazing moment, what with Hetfield showing his appreciation by standing still and letting the crowd do their thing, I shouted myself hoarse along with everybody else singing “ off to Never Never Laaaand!!!”, and even the hardened cynic could not deny the infectious rhythm of Fuel. And these were the weak parts of the show, ladies and gentlemen.

To me the best part was that the crowd popped huge, and I mean, HUGE, for Master of Puppets, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Creeping Death (but again were comparatively silent for Ride the Lightning) and Sanitarium. Everyone sang along to the songs; the fan-band connect was incredible, and this ain’t some 10 score pub crowd we are talking about here.  I was hoping that we would get the customary segue from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly soundtrack into Creeping Death, and I was not disappointed a whee bit. I shit myself when I saw Eli Wallach (Tuco) running towards the graveyard. (I love the way in which Metallica pay tributes to their influences btw). We got the whole video (minus the traditional fireworks) treatment right into the growling intro of Creeping Death. Awe-freaking-some.

I was hoping that they would pull out Orion or The Call of the Ktulu or at least some more from Kill ‘em All, but that’s ok, because whatever was there was off the friggin charts. It was like a dream to see freaking Metallica friggin LIVE. Yes, it is easy for the people from the States to scoff at this point, but think about it. The Indian Metalhead gets one chance in a lifetime to see Maiden, Metallica, and Megadeth, and there is no denying that when it comes to metal these bands are the best. This was huge for us.

So to conclude, yes, their last good album came out in 1989, yes, they sold out and then produced a weak imitation called Death Magnetic, not to talk of St Anger which they themselves ignore.. But in this live show, this band gave us the absolute best, note for note, beat for beat, riff for riff. This was a quality show, and the fans knew it. History has been made, and nobody is gonna be forgetting last night anytime soon.

-This is Baba T, reporting live from the pit.

PS – Dear Mainstram Media, shut the fuck up if you don’t know what you are talking about. I am looking at you TOI, stupid prole sell out newspaper. At least do yourselves a favour and listen to the fucking songs or at least ask somebody about the names of the songs played. Assholes. And to think that people pay to read that pile of faeces and I write this blog for free.

PPS – Welcome to one more new feature at TDSR, the live show review.

PPPS – This is only a review of the music played at the show, not of the security and logistics arranged by DNA Networks. A whole new site could be put up about the same, and I hope to god I never go through something like the Delhi fans in my life.

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