Metallica’s four-night, 30th anniversary celebration in December 2011 at San Francisco’s The Fillmore was unprecedented, but yielded better results than anyone could’ve imagined.
Each gig is chock full of guests and rarities, so each Monday in January, I’ll plug one of the shows into this project.
Highlights from the first night – which runs roughly six minutes shy of three hours – are the guest appearances, including a disjointed but amusing “One” with Finnish symphonic metal group Apocalyptica and a four-song mini-set with former Diamond Head compatriots Brian Tatler and Sean Harris.
The low point is a 10-minute stretch devoted to waiting for Apocalyptica to set up. Only bassist Robert Trujillo’s decision to riff on “Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth)” redeems this section.
Hearing the crackle and verve in a live setting of “. . . And Justice for All’s” “The Shortest Straw” and “Harvester of Sorrow,” the latter of which includes former bassist Jason Newsted, reminds us that that record has some great songs, but suffers from poor production.
The first night wasn’t without glitches, but it packs in a lot of high points.
Our Music Year is Daily Republic popular culture writer Nick DeCicco’s yearlong online review in 2012 of albums he had previously not listened to. The reviews will appear in print on their corresponding days during 2013. Reach him at 427-6966 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ndeciccodr.