Metallica. Finally.

Nothing Else Matters

I’m not sure where and what category this actually belongs to on the blog but screw it, I’m writing it anyway.

Last Thursday I had a chance to live through something that I never thought I’d have the chance to experience.  Metallica live.

About 7 years ago, I went to see an episode of WWE Raw.  As a kid, I had been (and still am) a fan of professional wrestling and always wanted to see their flagship show live.  When I experienced that, my excitement level had been so high that I felt like I was having a heart attack.  Yes, that may be sad to some of you but when you get to be a part of something you had dreamed of, it can be a little surreal.

The point of that story?  Well, like WWE,  I’ve been a fan of Metallica most of my life.  Myself, along with many close friends, took in the show in Halifax @ The Garrison Grounds.  Like that episode of Monday Night RAW in 2003, this had been something I had only fantasized about.  Something that I never would have imagined I’d be a part of.

It had rained the majority of the day and I had expected to be soaked to the bone while screaming along to “Master of Puppets” but luckily, the sky cleared up just before the guys took the stage.  When “Ecstasy of Gold” softly sang through the speakers, I felt weak in the knees.  I had set these impossible mountains of expectations the second I had that ticket in my hand and while I didn’t expect the show to fall short, I just wasn’t aware that I could have those expectations shattered.

All it took was those few notes from that iconic song from “The Good, The Bad And the Ugly” and I knew right then, that this was going to be something memorable.  The band ripped through a cavalcade of  hits from their most critically acclaimed albums.  Only since my experience at The Weakerthans, as well as Pearl Jam, a few years back, have I had the chance to attend a show where I knew all the lyrics to every song.

At the end of the night, my throat was raw from screaming and singing along to the soundtrack of my days in high school.  With the availability of the concert online, I know I’ll never forget this moment in time.  I’m excited to be able to have this show at my fingertips and with the push of the button, know that “Hey, those 30,000 background singers during Memory Remains?  Well, if you listen close enough, you may be able to make me out”

Posted on July 20, 2011, in music. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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