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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Metallica Brings Out Lou Reed, Kid Rock, Mercyful Fate, and More as the 30th Anniversary Party Continues

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The Fillmore men's room will never be the same... and no, we didn't write this.
  • The Fillmore men's room will never be the same... and no, we didn't write this.

Last night's performance was shorter and tighter than Monday's, ending nearly an hour earlier, around 1 a.m., even though it included just as many songs (and began 25 minutes earlier). Hetfield and Ulrich slipped into a bit of their brotherly banter, but for the most part the band launched from one song to another, stopping only for necessary introductions and a few asides. One, um, surprise came just before Mercyful Fate's appearance, when Hetfield removed his shirt to reveal -- whoa -- a ripped chest. Ulrich made a joke about the singer's new diet, but standing shirtless next to his scrawny, balding drummer and a bunch of pudgy white metal dudes, Hetfield had nothing to be ashamed of.

As on Monday, the night ended with "Seek and Destroy," performed by Metallica and as many guests as were willing (Lou Reed apparently wasn't), and preceded by a shower of yellow balloons. The Kill 'Em All classic couldn't quite match other highlights of the night -- did we mention that the four band members alone played "Enter Sandman," and it was amazing? -- but there was more than enough excellent Bay Area thrash metal to go around. Metallica's 30th Anniversary party continues on Friday and Saturday, and after last night's impressive parade of guests, we're still very much excited to see what happens.

Critic's Notebook

Revealing quote of the night:

Ulrich: "Who knows what song it is if I say it's a four count?

Hetfield, chuckling: "All of them except 'Leper Messiah'.

New song of the night: Metallica played "Just a Bullet Away," which, like Monday's new one, "Hate Train," is an unreleased tune from the Death Magnetic sessions. Unlike "Hate Train," though, this one was brutally insistent and mostly good. Its weirdly wobbly chorus will take some getting used to, though.

Personal bias: Found myself a bit star-struck at being in the same room as Lou Reed -- and I wasn't the only one. Yeah, his stage presence was minimal, but it's fucking Lou Reed! You could almost hear the Lulu-haters (I'm not one) grudgingly giving respect, even if they didn't say it out loud.

Highlight: Yes, "Enter Sandman" was good, but "Creeping Death" gave me chills.

Setlist after the jump

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