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Metallica

Presented by Avalon and KLOS. Band: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett , Jason Newsted. Reviewed Dec. 20, 1996. The death knell for heavy metal has been sounding for quite some time now, and a look at recent album sales charts only confirms its passing. But as long as Metallica, arguably the greatest band the genre ever saw, is still treading the live boards, metal the music of the Beavis & Butt-head Generation is still very much alive. The California-based band has always distinguished itself from the metal horde with a fierce work ethic and an all-too-rare devotion to its loyal followers. And, appropriately, Friday's two-hour extravaganza, the first of two nights at the Forum, began and ended with gestures of respect and thanks for the fans, none of whom had a bad seat, owing to the unique, two-stage design the band employed. With the house lights still on, the four members, led by bassist Jason Newsted, entered the arena like champion boxers and ran about the perimeter of the stage barrier, high-fiving and otherwise thanking the kids, face to face. They then launched into the Misfits' "So What," a defiant musical "f-you" to the world that lit a fire under the crowd. Metallica then covered its entire 13-year recording career during the pyrotechnics and special-effects-filled show, blasting through rare nuggets like early single "Am I Evil?" and "Motorbreath," classics like "Sad But True" and "For Whom the Bell Tolls," and "King of Nothing" and "Until It Sleeps, " from the band's latest album, the controversial "Load" (Elektra). Microphones set up around the stage allowed the members to simultaneously race about the two stages, keeping the entire house constantly engaged. The show ended with a mock (but quite believable) accidental destruction of the stage. With collapsing light rigs and burning crewmen, it appeared to be lifted from a blockbuster action movie. But the crowd was in metal heaven and ate it up. After the stage was cleared of rubble, the band members all huddled together in a tight group decided to overcome the "accident" and, without monitors, play just one more song. It was just another not-so-subtle reminder that, contrived or not, these guys will do anything for their fans. Troy J. Augusto

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Band: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Jason Newsted. Reviewed Dec. 20, 1996.

Presented by Avalon and KLOS. Band: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett , Jason Newsted. Reviewed Dec. 20, 1996. The death knell for heavy metal has been sounding for quite some time now, and a look at recent album sales charts only confirms its passing. But as long as Metallica, arguably the greatest band the genre ever saw, is still treading the live boards, metal the music of the Beavis & Butt-head Generation is still very much alive. The California-based band has always distinguished itself from the metal horde with a fierce work ethic and an all-too-rare devotion to its loyal followers. And, appropriately, Friday’s two-hour extravaganza, the first of two nights at the Forum, began and ended with gestures of respect and thanks for the fans, none of whom had a bad seat, owing to the unique, two-stage design the band employed. With the house lights still on, the four members, led by bassist Jason Newsted, entered the arena like champion boxers and ran about the perimeter of the stage barrier, high-fiving and otherwise thanking the kids, face to face. They then launched into the Misfits’ “So What,” a defiant musical “f-you” to the world that lit a fire under the crowd. Metallica then covered its entire 13-year recording career during the pyrotechnics and special-effects-filled show, blasting through rare nuggets like early single “Am I Evil?” and “Motorbreath,” classics like “Sad But True” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” and “King of Nothing” and “Until It Sleeps, ” from the band’s latest album, the controversial “Load” (Elektra). Microphones set up around the stage allowed the members to simultaneously race about the two stages, keeping the entire house constantly engaged. The show ended with a mock (but quite believable) accidental destruction of the stage. With collapsing light rigs and burning crewmen, it appeared to be lifted from a blockbuster action movie. But the crowd was in metal heaven and ate it up. After the stage was cleared of rubble, the band members all huddled together in a tight group decided to overcome the “accident” and, without monitors, play just one more song. It was just another not-so-subtle reminder that, contrived or not, these guys will do anything for their fans. Troy J. Augusto

Metallica

(Forum 15,500 capacity, seats $ 27.50)

Production: Presented by Avalon and KLOS.

Cast: Band: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Jason Newsted. Reviewed Dec. 20, 1996.

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