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Just got back. A couple of things
1. how shit is the 02 as a venue
2. I was up in the Gods and the sound was really 'boomy'
3. luckily my mate got vertigo and told the stewards who moved us to the best position, just above the standing area.
4. Highlights: Master of Puppets, One and Blackened. Also surprisingly The Day that Never Comes sounded fantastic.
It's not as though you can drink in the pub round the corner until the last minute 'cos it's all corporate. Metallica however were stripped down, no pyro, no gimmicks just the music. And all the better for it. Rob Trujillo has really grown, he's essential now to their sound
the standing area looked really tame. I'm used to Metallica being really hardcore at the front but it looked really 'polite' down there
but i can now understand what they meant when i clicked on best available seats, when people could still get standing, we were 4 rows up, and had a perfect view, and were still stood anyway.
the day that never comes is great live eh?
i left before the encores though as it was strangely almost exactly the same set as the other night. i did like it when james said "what you want more pyro? well i can see it, it's in my head!"
i was a bit annoyed that blackened didn't have the full solo, i think this is always the case, but that's my favourite bit of any of their songs almost.
was a great night though.
I thought it was pretty decent all round. The sound wasn't great, but I thought pretty good considering the sheer scale of the venue and comparing it to Wembley Arena, Cardiff International Arena or The London Arena (now no more).
I was also in the top seating, but thought it not too bad considering I'd only paid a fiver for the ticket.
The setlist was fantastic, was preparing myself for something focused heavily or exclusively on the new album.
she loved it
she caught James Hetfield's pick at the end, that probaly added to how much she loved it
was so much fun. Sound was sometimes hit and miss but i had just had a massive grin on my face. the stage design made it feel like i was well close (standing).
i really enjoyed it (plus i fought a hobo and got rob's pick)
I'm suffering this morning though. Apologies if any of the above doesn't make much sense. To summarise Metallica are awesome, the 02 is shit.
I saw Prince there (my tastes are all over the place, I'd have loved to see Metallica too) and I was up in the rafters and the sound was boomy and terrible. And yet get below a certain point and suddenly it comes into focus - I spotted this when I went to the loo during the support act.
So I'm guessing there's a good 5000 or so people that get crap sound every night. Cheers, O2.
avoid the top tier of the O2 unless you can reduced tickets on ebay, that's my rule. unfortunately, lots of great acts choose to play there.
sound was aweful at times and i'm not convinced with most of the new stuff live. but, my god 'blackened' was bloody fantastic.
standing area looked stupidly tame from the seats. liked it when james said 'put your camera's away and enjoy it' - pretty much spot on
was wherever i may roam though????
First time at the venue and I quite liked it - but that may be because I thought the stage set-up was excellent. Was seated in the lower seats smack bang in the middle - perfect view and to be honest sound was really really good from there.
Thought it was far better than their Reading set(except the lack of pyro) and this may get me lynched on here, but I was happy to hear Frantic and Until It Sleeps.
for all its "corporate" sheen, it's better to get a half decent meal before the gig than a crappy overpriced hot dog, so that's not so bad.
Doesn't make up for the sound quality lottery though!
and i also felt a bit sick when we first sat down. i got used to it after a while though.
i thought the sound was ok actually.
i really enjoyed it, didn't care that the setlist was the same as the night before (really, who cares), liked most of their new stuff.
i didn't like the turning on of the house lights for the encore though. it took some of the 'mystique' away from the whole thing and you could see all the empty seats.
and i kind of liked the O2 as a venue, for big shows like that anyway. we were in the gods but could see everything (granted it was in the round, maybe if the stage was set up normally it'd be different). the O2 in general is a bit weird and what i imagine American stadium venues to be like. but it was giant and theatrical and overblown and i enjoyed it.
they havnt played up here (manchester) since 1995 or maybe 1996 i forget which year it was. i was on the barrier though and the stage was in the centre of the arena , i got to bash on jason newsteads bass strings haha but as i was on the barrier the explosions at teh start of one totally almost deafened me! haha it came back after a day or two but i thought they were gonna blow up my ear drums
I thought the sound might be a bit muddy in the rafters, and it was. Trujillo fitted in nicely, made the bass sound strangely grungey in parts. Classy Queen cover at the end too.
Kirk didn't seem to be getting much love from the rest of the band, bar the new boy, did he? James introduced everyone as 'This is my friend...", except Kirk. Also James stayed away from him onstage like he had the lurgee while Kirk stayed away from Lars' riser. Proxemics!
james knows not to go near kirk in case he gets distracted. like he clearly did at the start of One, thus fucking up the solo.