Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Metallica at the Honda Center (née The Pond), 12/10/09
Now, don't think my snoozing was some sort of review of the show they put on that night. Quite to the contrary; from what I can remember they were very strong. It's just that I was a fat sixteen year old kid who wasn't yet used to the kind of grind an all-day festival entailed. I'm sure the second-hand high from the abundance of pot smoke didn't help my alertness either, but whatever the reason, by the time Soundgarden and then Metallica got their turns I was wiped. And it's plagued me for years because both bands have been essentially done since then, with Soundgarden breaking up and Metallica sinking into irrelevancy with the truly, depressingly awful St. Anger. But last year Metallica came back with their best album in twenty years, the riff-fest of Death Magnetic, and a couple weeks ago (and twelve years later), I got to finally experience one of the best metal bands of all time.