Sunday, July 29, 2012

VIDEO: Metallica explodes with new show in Mexico City

Metallica kicked off a series of concerts in Mexico City Saturday night with a new stage set and an explosive performance.

Opening night at the city’s Sports Palace lived up to the band’s pre-show hype, which billed the event as “a brand new show that features your favorite iconic elements spanning our entire 30 year touring career all on a massive stage that is twice the size of the World Magnetic set up... we think it's something that needs to be seen to believed!!!”

El Universal reports Metallica hit the stage amid a standing ovation as they opened with “Creeping Death.”

Robert Trujillo, James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett ran from one end to another of the four edges of the stage, which covered a large section of the main floor.

Saturday’s show is making headlines due to an apparent incident during the set-closer, “Enter Sandman.”

Late in the song, a major series of explosions is triggered that appears to cause injuries to some of the band’s technicians, as one roadie runs across the stage completely engulfed in flames. Hetfield shouts “stop, stop!” as the show comes to a screeching halt; after several minutes of confusion in the packed arena, the frontman yells “c’mon, let’s play” and the encore begins.

"It's all part of the show," a spokesperson for Ocesa, the promoter of the concert, said about the onstage commotion.

The fire illusion is a recreation of a similar "accident" that was staged for Metallica’s 1998 concert video "Cunning Stunts," where a technician runs across the stage on fire.

“What an amazing first show with the new mind blowing stage,” Metallica posted in their Tour Journal. “During Puppetz, lighted crosses came up from the stage, Battery saw pyro and coffins, then we had Nothing. Enter Sandman was up next, and that's when shit really hit the fan! Loud bangs, random fireworks, falling towers, falling spot light guy, falling scaffolding, guy was caught on fire.... then a complete black out. After a few mins, some things were still working, so the crew brought up some work lights, amps and speakers, and the band played on with Die, Die My Darling. Seek was the final song of the night, with beach balls falling from the ceiling, and the infamous Metal Up You Ass toilet came down at the end of the show.”

Sports Palace – Mexico City – July 28, 2012

01. Creeping Death
02. For Whom The Bell Tolls
03. Fuel
04. Ride The Lightning
05. One
06. Cyanide
07. The Memory Remains
08. Wherever I May Roam
09. Sad But True
10. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
11. ...And Justice For All
12. Fade To Black
13. Master Of Puppets
14. Battery
15. Nothing Else Matters
16. Enter Sandman


17. Die, Die My Darling
18. Seek & Destroy

Metallica Metallica

Metallica – Creeping Death /For Whom The Bell Tolls
Sports Palace – Mexico City – July 28, 2012

Metallica – …And Justice For All
Sports Palace – Mexico City – July 28, 2012

Metallica – Master Of Puppets
Sports Palace – Mexico City – July 28, 2012

Metallica – Enter Sandman / Die, Die My Darling
Sports Palace – Mexico City – July 28, 2012

Metallica – Enter Sandman (fire incident)
Sports Palace – Mexico City – July 28, 2012

Metallica – Enter Sandman
Cunning Stunts DVD

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