Hot off their prime-time televised Grammy performance at Staples Center, Bay Area thrash masters Metallica played a special one-off show on the other side of town at the Hollywood Palladium on Sunday night February 12. The band who was nominated for Best Rock Song for the song “Hardwired” off their November 2016 release Hardwired…To Self-Destruct played a red hot version of the song “Moth into Flame” with pop icon Lady Gaga at The Grammy’s to build up the anticipation of their Palladium show.
Hitting the stage at 11:00pm to an extremely packed SOLD OUT Palladium, many in attendance wondered what to expect as there were sound/microphone issues during the Grammy performance that noticeably agitated James Hetfield and rightly so with a performance in front of millions of people on television. But the band came out and delivered a blistering 10 song set that certainly impressed the first time Metallica concert goers as well as the longtime fans.
The band wasted no time getting into high gear as they opened the show with “Hardwired” then into “Creeping Death” which had the 3500 fans in attendance yelling Die, Die, Die in unison at one point. Hetfield did not do much talking at all in between songs and never even mentioned the Grammy debacle or anything to do with the Grammy’s – first class on his part as he was very focused on giving the fans a night to remember in this small venue. He did however mention the last time Metallica played the Palladium was in 1985 with Armored Saint. Kirk Hammet is without a doubt one of the premier lead guitarists in metal and his blazing solos were definitely a highlight of the show as he crushed from song to song.
The night flowed from one song to the next as the music focused on the hard and heavy aspects of Metallica’s catalog. The rhythm section of the band is also a standout with Lars Ulrich pounding the drums and being very interactive with the crowd while Robert Trujillo becomes one with his bass as he provides the thumping bass while doing his trademark crab-walk.
Metallica ended the night in an epic fashion with “Blackened” then “Seek & Destroy” and that is just what the band did on this night – they destroyed the Palladium like none other and in pure Metallica fashion, ended their Grammy Sunday victorious at The Palladium (even though David Bowie won the Grammy for Best Rock Song).
Metallica has announced their long awaited return to the road in the USA with the WorldWired 2017 North American Tour starting in May – tour dates and ticket on sale information can be found here.
Metallica Set List:
Hardwired . . . | Creeping Death | For Whom the Bell Tolls | Sanitarium | Harvester of Sorrow | One | Master of Puppets | Enter Sandman | Blackened | Seek & Destroy