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    Sun, 10 May 2015 13:53:57

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    Hard rock's "Four Horsemen" launch Rock in Rio USA with a big bang…

    Metallica frontman James Hetfield walked up to the microphone in front of Rock in Rio USA's Rock Weekend in Las Vegas Saturday night (May 9) and spoke, "Sorry to make this announcement, but gimme fuel, gimme fire, gimme that which I desire."

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    This subtle opening made for an unforgettable closing set from the San Francisco hard rock giants. No pomp or circumstance was necessary after the last line Kirk Hammett's blazing riff singed on sight, while Lars Ulrich blasted through the drum parts with a tight focus and flawless handle augmented by Robert Trujillo's monstrously overpowering bass. Hetfield sounded fierce and fiery, hitting each chord with powerful passion and precision. There's literally nothing in the world like watching Metallica live, and it's an experience everybody needs to have at least once. "Master of Puppets" subsided into its orchestral swing seamlessly ushered by the guitars, while a gritty "King Nothing" ignited the biggest groove of the entire festival.

    Before an explosive "Disposable Heroes," Hetfield smiled, "See if you know this one." They did as chants of "Back to the front" echoed through the night in tandem with Ulrich's pummeling. Kirk delivered an impressive lead in between as the singer introduced the phenomenal "Lords of Summer" as "newest song until the new album's done." Acknowledging fan sentiment, he jested, "Hurry the hell up! What's taking so long?" He answered his own question assuring, "We're trying to make it really good."

    If the performance of "Lords of Summer" was any indication at all, it's going to be more than "really good." Death Magnetic's "Cyandie" burned just as intensely as "Blackened" from ...And Justice for All, while a cover of Bob Seger's "Turn the Page" from Garage, Inc. added another brushstroke to the palette altogether.

    The set masterfully balanced the likes of "Nothing Else Matters" and "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" with "Sad But True" and "Creeping Death," giving every side of this multi-headed hydra. Metallica shows are always an experience, and this was one worthy of the history books.

    With the new album looming, expect a whole lot more of these—thankfully.

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    James Hetfield of Metallica on stage at Rock in Rio USA May 9, 2015 in Las Vegas Nevada

    Kirk Hammett of Metallica on stage at Rock in Rio USA May 9, 2015 in Las Vegas Nevada

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    Rick Florino
    05.10.15


    photos courtesy Corey Soria - Bloodline Media



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