Metallica are one of those bands that you know will deliver the goods everytime when it comes to playing live. Their headline slot at Leeds Festival was no exception. Metallica had no new material to promote and so they were able to have the freedom to create a setlist which showcased some of their best work throughout a career of over thirty years.
As always Metallica started with a video clip of a war movie called 'Johnny Got His Gun' along with their intro music 'Ecstasy Of Gold'. The band arrive on stage and frontman James makes a joke about his limo before going straight into 'Fuel'. The high octane pace is then shifted up a gear as they plough through 'For Whom The Bell Tolls'.
Metallicas set appeared to try and cover at least one track from every album although their set is still dominated by tracks from the black album ('The Unforgiven', 'Sad But True', 'Nothing Else Matters' and 'Enter Sandman').
The band members James, Kirk, Lars and Rob all seem to be enjoying themselves throughout the set, and as a fan you felt like you were witnessing a band at the top of their game finally being allowed to put on a show that they want to put on. They even had a pen for Metallica fans to be on stage with their idols.
Metallica have even revamped the visuals for 'One' this time around including an incredible laser display which added an eerie feel to the song.
In no time at all, Metallica had flown through a two hour set and finished with the obligatory 'Enter Sandman'.
Metallica demonstrated that even after all of these years they are still able to put on a performance which leaves all other bands trailing.
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