Here's the setlist from tonight's Metallica show @ the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA.
1. That Was Just Your Life
2. The End of the Line
3. Creeping Death
4. For Whom the Bell Tolls
6. Broken, Beat & Scarred
8. Sad But True
9. The Unforgiven
10. All Nightmare Long
11. The Day That Never Comes
12. Master of Puppets
14. Nothing Else Matters
15. Enter Sandman
16. Metal Militia (teaser) / Last Caress (by the Misfits)
18. Seek and Destroy
The openers were The Sword and Lamb of God... the Sword's set was less than 30 minutes, and the time in between them and Lamb of God was 12 minutes, allowing for a longer L.o.G. set. Metallica came on around 9:15 and finished sometime after 11:15.
The oblong centralized stage allowed the band to roam at will, as is customary at their arena shows. Death Magnetic-style coffins hung over the stage, and projected laser beams in minimalistic fashion - much cooler than it sounds. There were also pyrotechnics, beginning with "One," and continuing with "Blackened" and "Enter Sandman."
The band surprised drummer Lars Ulrich on the last day of their North American tour - they creamed him with whipped cream pies in honor of his December 26th birthday.
After James Hetfield quipped that Lars always got out of celebrating his birthday because Metallica rarely plays the day after Christmas, Lars made a speech: "I guess I'm going to go book a show on August 3rd [James Hetfield's birthday], November 18th [Kirk Hammett's], and... I don't even know when the f*** your birthday is."
(Psst... Robert Trujillo was born on October 23).
As far as audience behavior was concerned, a mosh pit broke out in each of the four corners of the general admission area, while up top in the aisle between Sections 217 and 218, a duo of teenagers repeatedly (no joke) roundhouse-kicked a burly middle-aged man in the face, bloodying him severely, though not enough to keep him from seeking retaliation. All were escorted out. Just another night at the concert, kiddies!
Oh, and Metallica was brilliant - let's just forget that awful acoustic performance at Bridge School last year, shall we?