May 10, 2017

Metallica / Avenged Sevenfold - M&T Bank Stadium

By Bob Suehs

 

METALLICA / AVENGED SEVENFOLD

5/10/17

Baltimore, MD

M&T Bank Stadium

 Metallica Set List:  Intro, Hardwired, Atlas Rise!, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Fuel, The Unforgiven, Now That We’re Dead, Moth Into Flame, Wherever I May Roam, Halo On Fire, Bleeding Me/I Disappear/Anesthesia, Hit The Lights, Sad But True, One, Master of Puppets, Fade To Black, Seek & Destroy, ENCORE: Battery, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman

 Metallica are the Led Zeppelin of this generation, the band has persevered through thick and thin to earn their title as “The Kings of Metal”.  This show was the tour opener for their 2017 US tour and featured a set list that covered almost every era of the band.

 Avenged Sevenfold opened the show and what made their set unique was how scaled back it was.  Avenged Sevenfold are a band that can headline an arena tour on their own but on this tour they are opening for Metallica and playing a short hour long set which features very little production with a limited amount of pyro.  Avenged Sevenfold felt small and lost at times on the massive Metallica stage and their sound mix was a tad too bass heavy.

 Metallica opened their set with the lead single off their latest release, “Hardwired” which set the pace for an intense evening of metal.

 James Hetfield controls the crowd with his masculine presence; he’s the quarterback of Metallica and controls every second of the show while Lars holds up the rear and directs the band from behind.

 Kirk’s solos were a tad sloppy at times but that’s the charm in his playing because it’s not perfect, it’s live and real!

 Robert delivered a touching tribute to Cliff Burton which made the crowd emotional.

 “Now That We’re Dead” featured a breakdown which had all members of Metallica beating drums.  This was the moment in the show which was a tad wasteful because with with the time they wasted being a percussive heavy metal blue man group they could have easily performed a full song from the back catalog!

 “Hit The Lights” sounded amazing, “Sad But True” was thick and chunky, “Seek and Destroy” was powerful, “Battery” was intense, and “Enter Sandman” was the nights closer that had the entire venue screaming every lyric.

 Many fans bitched about the price of tickets, the price of beer, the price of parking, etc., but to be honest with you, Metallica gave an amazing, high energy, BIG rock show that delivered plenty of bang for the buck.