Sunday, December 21, 2008

Metallica @ Oracle Arena, 12/20/08 SETLIST

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

5. One

6. Broken, Beat & Scarred

7. Cyanide

8. Sad But True

9. The Unforgiven

10. All Nightmare Long

11. The Day That Never Comes

12. Master of Puppets

13. Blackened

14. Nothing Else Matters

15. Enter Sandman


16. Metal Militia (teaser) / Last Caress (by the Misfits)

17. Whiplash

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?


Anonymous said...

dead on review bro i was there last night it was insane in the mash pits.

Brad said...


I am Ryan Salmons father. The kid in Columbus that Jody Shelley invited into the Sharks locker room. Just to let you know, each and every player on the team said hi to my son and was gracious with us. By the way, Ryan would have been ok with a Jacket loss that night. Thanks for your kind words. If you want to follow Ryan's progress, you can go to Ryan hopes that Jody gets to kiss the cup as we are sure it is not our year...


Section223 said...

Great show, my neck is still killing me (this old man just can't headbang like he used to).

Nice pic of Lars on the LiveMetallica CD booklet

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