Metallica Concert Review, Chicago 1/26/09

(Video and photos after the jump) Metallica has been doing one thing for the past 25 or so years – rocking. And they continued that tradition in Chicago, at Allstate Arena, playing in front of a house packed with dedicated fans. I went to Monday’s show – little did I know that come Tuesday night, I would have a special invitation from a very special person to attend Tuesday as well. More on that later.


Metallica is one of the best metal acts of all time. Their huge talent and soaring popularity also makes their live shows very expensive. If they come near your town but you lack the funds to purchase a ticket you could look into payday loans on the web.

Metallica opened up with That Was Just Your Life, followed with The End of the Line, the first two tracks off the new album, Death Magnetic. They were good. Then Hetfield remarked that what goes good with the new stuff … is the old stuff. It turned out to be Creeping Death – and the crowd exploded with life, applause, metal hand salutes and singing.

From there the show raced on. Singer and guitarist James Hetfield sounded great and Kirk Hammett continues to prove that he’s more than just a thrasher, he’s an extremely talented musician. This was the first time I’ve seen Rob Trujillo on bass in person, and he was equally impressive – matching the intensity of Hetfield and flashing serious skills.

I had seen Metallica twice before this show, and the same thing happened on Monday that happened twice before. They kicked ass. They are powerful. They deliver metal in a way that’s sharp and melodic but still makes you want to mosh (usually a fleeting thought – I was on the floor, and a few moshes broke out, but I only got punched once and never lost my footing, even as an unwilling participant.) And there’s nothing like a crowd that knows just about every word to every song – as such, Hetfield repeatedly stepped back to let the crowd take over and that’s an awesome sound. And here’s the other thing – they were having fun and it showed. Hetfield gave several mentions of Chicago, and tacked a home-made “Chicago Loves Metallica” flag to an amp. And none of it felt gratuitous – that geeked up the crowd even more.

hammettSpeaking of the crowd, it was what you might expect and some of what you might not. There’s the guy with nicotine-stained long blonde hair, wearing all black (including the required beat up black leather jacket) who walks up to you and tells you that he got hit by a train on his way over, possibly because of the fifth of vodka he drank, which he shouldn’t have because of the side effects from his anti-psychotic medication. Then there was the young guys and gals who weren’t yet conceived when Metallica started out, but are old enough to drink. There are the lifetime metal heads who look scary but are just plain nice guys. But what really struck me was the abundance of father-son combos. In short, we’ve grown older, and maybe grown up a bit. And so has the band – drummer Lars Ulrich spewed some water out of his mouth onto the crowd. To which, Hetfield remarked, “That’s rude.” So Ulrich retrieved a towel from his drum kit and handed it to the doused fan. A rock star move, followed up by a paternal reaction.

Some personal highlights for me were Master of Puppets and a new track, The Day That Never Comes. Both are included in some partial video below. Make sure to hover your mouse at bottom right of the player after you hit play, and click “HQ” for a higher quality video.

So, about Tuesday – I ended up getting invited by my girl, via someone mentioned in this article. Come back for Tuesday’s review, more video and photos, and the revealing of the mystery man.

Read the review from Tuesday’s Metallica show. More photos and video!

The Day That Never Comes


Master of Puppets


Sep 14 2009 8:00P Sommet Center Nashville, Tennessee
Sep 15 2009 8:00P US Bank Arena Cincinnati, Ohio
Sep 17 2009 8:00P Conseco Fieldhouse Indianapolis, Indiana
Sep 19 2009 8:00P Bell Centre Montreal, Quebec
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Sep 28 2009 8:00P AT&T Center San Antonio, Texas
Sep 29 2009 8:00P American Airlines Center Dallas, Texas
Oct 1 2009 8:00P Bank Atlantic Center Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Oct 3 2009 8:00P St. Pete Times Forum Tampa, Florida
Oct 4 2009 8:00P Philips Arena Atlanta, Georgia
Oct 12 2009 8:00P MTS Centre Winnipeg, Manitoba
Oct 13 2009 8:00P Target Center Minneapolis, Minnesota
Oct 15 2009 8:00P Quicken Loans Arena Cleveland, Ohio
Oct 17 2009 8:00P JPJ Arena Charlottesville, Virginia
Oct 18 2009 8:00P Time Warner Cable Arena Charlotte, North Carolina
Oct 26 2009 8:00P Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario
Oct 27 2009 8:00P Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario
Oct 31 2009 8:00P Colisee Pepsi Quebec City, Quebec
Nov 1 2009 8:00P Colisee Pepsi Quebec City, Quebec
Nov 3 2009 8:00P Scotiabank Place Ottawa, Ontario
Nov 9 2009 8:00P Van Andel Arena Grand Rapids, Michigan
Nov 10 2009 8:00P HSBC Arena Buffalo, New York
Nov 12 2009 8:00P Times Union Center Albany, New York
Nov 14 2009 8:00P Madison Square Garden New York, New York
Nov 15 2009 8:00P Madison Square Garden New York, New York
Dec 5 2009 8:00P Mandalay Bay Las Vegas, Nevada
Dec 7 2009 8:00P Idaho Center Boise, Idaho
Dec 8 2009 8:00P ARCO Arena Sacramento, California
Dec 10 2009 8:00P Honda Center Anaheim, California
Dec 12 2009 8:00P HP Pavilion San Jose, California

4 Replies to “Metallica Concert Review, Chicago 1/26/09”

  1. My second concert. The set kicked ass. One, Cyanide, Sad But True, Master of Puppets. Loud as F%$K

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