Yeap, after 20 years I took the boy to go and see Metallica at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
The first time I saw Metallica is what seems like moons ago with Ozzy and then "And Justice for All". They were just young at that time like myself and how they have grown over the years to catch the ears of my boy.
After taking 2 hours to get over the border we unfortunately missed "The Sword" www.myspace.com/thesword
Kyle Shutt (guitar), Bryan Richie (bass), Trivett Wingo (drums) and J.D. Cronise (guitar and vocals) is The Sword
You can check out their websites at http://www.swordofdoom.com/ or http://www.indiemerchstore.com/thesword
Next was Machine Head www.myspace.com/machinehead and http://www.machinehead1.com/
Machine Head is Robb Flynn, Adam Duce, Dave McClain, Phil Demmel now although we caught half their show, they rocked the crowd like they always have over the many years they have been performing. I had the pleasure of seeing Machine Head years ago when they first started as well and they have come along way. Machine Head has travelled the world as they go on tour after tour. Phil Demmel appears to be taking the crunch as he suffers from episodes of Cardiogenic Syncope and has for the last 17 years or so. At the end of 2008 they had to cancel a couple dates with Slipknot for the sake of Phil's health. Phil we do wish you all the best and hope you have many more years of touring ;)
Now for the main show! Metallica! http://www.myspace.com/metallica or http://www.metallica.com/
Metallica is; James Hetfield: Lead vocals, Guitar, Lars Ulrich: Drums, Kirk Hammett: Lead Guitar, Robert Trujillo: Bass Guitar Metallica has 13 albums/cd's out
Well what can I say, the show was amazing as we listened to almost 2 1/2 hours of metal magic from the pros. The stage show was spectacular as the centre stage was set up to a moving drum kit (that moved 4 times so all could see Lars at his best), lasers galore, pyro (as we all expect, nothing but the best) and microphones set up all over as the band rocked the stage and moved and sang throughout the show on all microphones. Needless to say the concert was nothing less than the metal mania that we all expected. I (myself) am a huge fan of stage presence and show performance and I was not let down but this awray of color, pyro, the coffin lighting, lasers, the quick guitar changes and the balls that were dropped at the end. Metallica you have out done yourselves and am looking forward to seeing you many more times in the future. I little note is that after 22 years with the band the soundman/mixer who has always believed in Metallica and has made them sound so amazing over the years, was retiring. Good Luck in your endeavors and I am sure that you have many stories that would make an outstanding book ;)
If you like metal then this is one concert than you won't want to miss :)
For tour dates check out http://www.myspace.com/metallica or http://www.metallica.com/