Metallica Rock 2015 Lollapalooza With Blistering Performance
For metal fans, the 2015 Lollapalooza festival was a little sparse, but the fact that metal icons Metallica were headlining Saturday night made it all worth checking out. And, as expected, Metallica did not disappoint.
Taking the stage as Chicago's Grant Park to a Midwestern pinkish sunset, James Hetfield greeted the fans onstage behind the band, then turned to the mic and stated, "Sorry to make this announcement, but ..." before launching into the opening lines of "Fuel." After the higher energy opener, the band dug into their back catalog for "For Whom the Bell Tolls," a blistering "Wherever I May Roam" that found Kirk Hammett riffing away on his Dracula-themed guitar and circle pits starting in the crowd. Fans chanted along to "King Nothing," and then the band really dug into the back catalog for old school favorite "Disposable Heroes." The latter track concluded with the spotlight firmly on Hammett and his Boris Karloff guitar as he finished out with an electric solo.
Taking things down a notch, the band launched into the moody, yet chugging "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)." Mid-set standouts included a spine-chilling rendition of "The Unforgiven," the heavy "Sad But True" with an extended bass solo from Robert Trujillo, heavy riffing from Hammett on his White Zombie-themed guitar during the latter portion of "One" and the power of Lars Ulrich behind the kit launching "Master of Puppets" with a deafening audience response.
Finishing out their night on a high note, Metallica rocked the house with a cover of "Am I Evil?," took it down a notch with "Nothing Else Matters" and concluded with the heavy, familiar riffs of "Enter Sandman" while black Metallica balloons descended upon the crowd. At the end of their set, each of the band members handed out picks and drum sticks to members of the audience as well as those who watched the show from behind them onstage. And to finish out, James Hetfield led the audience in a round of applause before exiting the stage.
Metallica Lollapalooza 2015, Chicago, Ill. Set List:
2. "For Whom the Bell Tolls"
3. "Wherever I May Roam"
4. "King Nothing"
5. "Disposable Heroes"
6. "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)"
8. "The Unforgiven"
9. "Sad But True"
11. "Master of Puppets"
12. "Creeping Death"
13. "Fade to Black"
14. "Seek and Destroy"
15. "Whiskey in the Jar"
16. "Am I Evil?"
17. "Nothing Else Matters"
18. "Enter Sandman"
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Watch Fan-Shot Video of Metallica's "Am I Evil?"
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