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Metallica tops even Taylor Swift to set wonderful live performance report

Metallica topped Taylor Swift, the Tremendous Bowl and each different occasion at SoFi Stadium because it drew practically 80,000 followers to the SoCal venue on Friday evening.

It was the largest crowd within the historical past of the venue, which opened in September 2020.

The Bay Space band — consisting of vocalist-guitarist James Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich, guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo — then principally tied their very own report by drawing a similar-sized capability crowd on Sunday.

Metallica was in a position to accomplish the feat — twice — due partially to the “in-the-round” setting, the place the stage was positioned on the heart of the sector. This allowed promoters to promote extra tickets than traditional, as followers might be seated on all sides of the stage and nonetheless see what was happening. Usually, corresponding to within the case of Swift, 1000’s of seats aren’t offered as a result of the large stage units would block the views.

Moreover, Metallica’s in-the-round stage was really hole within the heart, with the house used to accommodate much more followers. It was a nothing-short-of-brilliant strategy to maximize house and promote as many tickets as potential.

The followers who bought the greater than 156,000 tickets for the two-concert stand, which was a part of the group’s large M72 World Tour, had been handled to roughly three dozen songs throughout 4 hours of stage time. The band performed a very completely different setlist every evening, making the performances really feel extra like two prolonged units — moderately than two full exhibits — separated by 46 hours.

Having closed Night time 1 with a high-adrenaline run by way of three straight classics — “Gasoline,” “Search & Destroy” and “Grasp of Puppets” — Metallica picked proper up the place they left off and kicked off Night time 2 with a robust model of “Whiplash” from the 1983 debut “Kill ‘Em All.”

It was the beginning of one other epic three-song run, because the band adopted up “Whiplash” with equally muscular takes on “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “Journey the Lightning” — each of which hail from 1984’s genre-defining sophomore effort “Journey the Lightning.” (That album additionally produced the 2 greatest moments of Night time 1, as Metallica delivered completely gorgeous variations of “Creeping Loss of life” and “Fade to Black.”)

“Even when it’s your first present, you are actually a part of the Metallica household,” Hetfield mentioned in welcoming each new and previous followers to the live performance.

The group is touring in help of its eleventh studio album, this 12 months’s “72 Seasons,” and the brand new materials translated properly in live performance. The group performed three songs from the brand new album — “Soiled Window,” “72 Seasons” and “You Should Burn!” — all of which got here in the course of the first half of the present.

Metallica sounded nice because it continued by way of such longtime fan favorites as “The Name of Ktulu,”  “No Leaf Clover” and “Wherever I Could Roam,” ultimately closing the present with the potent mixture of “One” and, after all, “Enter Sandman.”

The Los Angeles exhibits had been Metallica’s solely scheduled stops on the M72 World Tour. But, Metallica followers are actually hoping that may change and the largest Bay Space band of all time will see match to announce some NorCal dates within the close to future.

Setlist:
1. “Whiplash”
2. “For Whom the Bell Tolls”
3. “Journey the Lightning”
4. “Soiled Window
5. “72 Seasons”
6. “If Darkness Had a Son”
7. “Welcome House (Sanitarium)”
8. “You Should Burn!”
9. “The Name of Ktulu”
10. “No Leaf Clover”
11. “Wherever I Could Roam”
12. “Moth Into Flame”
13. “Combat Fireplace With Fireplace”
14. “Whiskey within the Jar”
15. “One”
16. “Enter Sandman”

James Hetfield of Metallica performs on the primary of two nights at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood on Friday, August 25, 2023. (Photograph by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer) 
Lars Ulrich of Metallica performs on the first of two nights at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood on Friday, August 25, 2023. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)
Lars Ulrich of Metallica performs on the primary of two nights at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood on Friday, August 25, 2023. (Photograph by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer) 
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 25: Metallica performs onstage at SoFi Stadium on August 25, 2023 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 25: Metallica performs onstage at SoFi Stadium on August 25, 2023 in Inglewood, California. (Photograph by Monica Schipper/Getty Photographs) 
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 25: (L-R) Robert Trujillo, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Lars Ulrich of Metallica perform onstage at SoFi Stadium on August 25, 2023 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 25: (L-R) Robert Trujillo, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Lars Ulrich of Metallica carry out onstage at SoFi Stadium on August 25, 2023 in Inglewood, California. (Photograph by Monica Schipper/Getty Photographs) 

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