METALLICA: WorldWired Tour May 14, 2017 19:24:32 GMT
Post by Admin on May 14, 2017 19:24:32 GMT
"Baltimore, are you aliiiive? Are you aliiiive?!?!" James Hetfield asked a stadium full of headbangers in Baltimore Wednesday night, echoing the sort of stage banter Bruce Springsteen made famous. Then he twisted it. "If you want to live forever, first you must diiiiie." With that, Metallica kicked into "Now That We're Dead," an ominous new quasi-love song off their latest LP, last year's Hardwired ... to Self-Destruct, that featured a super-sized drum solo involving the band's four members.
It was a larger-than-life moment from a larger-than-life band, one that has pulled out all stops for its WorldWired Tour, which it kicked off with this gig in Charm City's M&T Stadium with support from Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat. It was Metallica at their biggest: seemingly hundred-foot screens that stretch to the upper rafters of the gigantic venue, chest-rattling bass drum that approximates Lars Ulrich personally kicking you in the gut and pyro displays that include 40-foot flames that turn into fireballs and fireworks galore.
The stage even has giant balloons that display the Hardwired LP's cover. It's been nearly 20 years since the band last toured U.S. stadiums – and it's been nearly 10 since they did a proper North American run – so it seems they've spared no expense to announce their homecoming.
But despite all the bells, whistles, balloons and explosions, none of the spectacle felt bloated. This is a group that 25 years ago took the big-rock mantle left behind by Led Zeppelin and Queen years before them and shaped it in their image. It's the sort of show they were born to do, judging from the 10s of thousands of waving fists during "Sad but True."