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Metallica - Fleet Center, Boston Ma
October 24, 2004
The New England Patriots beat the NY Jets to extend their record setting winning streak to 21. The Boston Red Sox were playing Game 2 of the World Series at Fenway with Curt Schilling pitching on his miracle ankle. And METALLICA was in town for two nights with Boston's own GODSMACK opening.
This was the first Patriots game at Gillette stadium that Lori and I were going to miss. This week's game had a 4pm kick-off and that wouldn't give us enough time to get to the METALLICA show. So we headed into Boston early and watched the game in a bar across the street from the Fleet Center. It was a tight, low scoring defensive battle and was a blast to watch will a bar full of fans. The entire city was full of people in Patriots and Red Sox gear. I had a few moments of "Damn, we should have gone to the game." There were still about 8 minutes in the game when we had to leave for the show.
Once in the Fleet Center the last two minutes of the game were on TVs. The Pats stopped the pesky Jets on a fourth down and ran out the clock to the cheers of all the gathered Metallica fans. And with perfect timing, within five minutes the lights went down and we ran for our seats.
Our seats were in the 4th row in first section off the floor. The stage was so wide there was only one row of people between our section and the stage. So the seats were awesome. After GODSMACKS first song I told Lori we made the right choice.
GODSMACK is from Boston - and the place was going nuts for them. They even let everyone know the final score for the Patriots game. They put on a fantastic show and paid homage often to the Red Sox and METALLICA.
In between bands spontaneous chants of the local staple "Yankees Suck" erupted as well as extended repeats of "Let's Go Red Sox!" I've never seen a metal show with an audience wearing so much sports stuff - Red Sox and Patriots shirts were on almost everyone, and they weren't even black shirts.
Finally METALLICA hit the stage with so much energy, volume and excitement. Another fantastic show. James and Lars even provided Red Sox - Cardinals World Series' score updates towards the end of the show. (Sox Won Again!). The set list was exceptional with only one song from St. Anger and lots of rarely played treats like "Leper Messiah", "The God That Failed" and "Jump In The Fire." I screamed and sang so loud the entire core of my body ached (and still does). Sully joined them for "Sad But True" and just looked so incredibly happy and amazed to be on stage with them. During the final bows I even got a pick from Kirk. Plus we got to the car in time to hear final two innings of the baseball game. SICK!
And tonight is another show! Thank God the sporting world is taking a day off.
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