6 of Metallica’s most unforgettable live performances

Metallica has been a constant in the music world since vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich founded the metal band in 1981. of Metallica on more than just a few occasions. So, in an effort to capture some of our favorite moments from the Los Angeles-based band (though it’s a difficult task), we’ve compiled six of their most unforgettable live performances below. Keep reading and we’re sure you’ll find yourself transported to the mosh pits of metal magic.

1. “Am I Evil” at Levski Stadium in Sofia, Bulgaria (2010)

In perhaps one of metal music’s most epic moments, the Big Four of the thrash subgenre – Metallica, Megadeath, Slayer and Anthrax – all performed at the same gig in 2010. On June 16, 2010, all four groups shared the stage. for the first time in Warsaw, Poland. Afterwards, the four bands rehearsed the performance for a video version of the concert in Sofia, Bulgaria on June 22.

On top of that, the bands reunited for a historic rendition of “Am I Evil?” by Diamond Head. (Most of the band members were present for the performance, but drummer Dave Lombardo was Slayer’s only representative.)

2. “Enter Sandman” at Tushino airfield in Moscow, Russia (1991)

As part of the annual Monsters of Rock hard rock and heavy metal concert series, Metallica performed a set in Moscow for an almost mythologically sized audience. Metallica’s crowd estimates range from 500,000 to 1.6 million in attendance. AC/DC, Mötley Crüe, Queensrÿche and The Black Crowes were also part of the lineup for the 1991 Monsters of Rock concert.

“They brought AC/DC and Metallica to come and play and there was a lot of excitement, but they weren’t really used to hosting rock shows.” Ulrich said Ultimate Guitar about the concert. “So if you watch the videos on YouTube, you will see how many soldiers were there.

“There were helicopters flying over the audience. It was an incredible mix of excitement, energy and chaos, and it was a complete fuck. 1.6 million might be a bit ambitious, but like I said, there were a lot of fucking people. It was a pretty crazy day,” he concluded.

3. “For Whom the Bell Tolls” at the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California (1985)

Another standout moment from James Hetfield’s long-haired era was Metallica’s raucous 1985 Day on the Green performance. And at the start of the band’s now-legendary track, “For Whom the Bells Toll,” Cliff Burton rips through an iconic bass solo. Burton, who sadly passed away in 1986 in a bus accident, is recognized as one of the greatest bass players of all time.

4. “Escape” at Bader Field in Atlantic City, New Jersey (2012)

On the opening night of the Orion Music + More Music festival, Metallica did something they had never done before: they performed their acclaimed 1984 album ride the lightning in its entirety from back to front. And, in this case, the group had never played ride the lightning song “Escape” live before tonight. Check out the very first performance of “Escape” – nearly three decades after its release – below.

5. “Overkill” at Whiskey a Go-Go in West Hollywood, CA (1995)

Never a band to forget their roots, Metallica held a tribute concert to Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister in 1995. The concert was a tribute to Lemmy on his 50th birthday, and Metallica took on the band name “The Lemmys” to the occasion. The Lemmys were dressed in clothes resembling the Motörhead rocker, and they never performed under that moniker again.

6. “Puppet Master” in Antarctica (2013)

On December 8, 2013, Metallica performed a show called Freeze ‘Em All in Antarctica, making the metal rockers the first band to play on all seven continents. The band played in an isolated dome for the set, and it’s definitely one of the weirdest setups we’ve seen for a gig.

Photo credit: Anton Corbijn

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