San Jose Mercury News music critic Jim Harrington states it plainly and clearly at the top of his review of Saturday night’s two-hour Metallica extravaganza at AT&T Park in San Francisco:
Metallica, the biggest Bay Area band of all time, would’ve been the perfect choice to headline the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show.
Yet, the NFL obviously had other ideas…
Saturday night’s concert was promoted as “The Night Before.” But from the stage, Metallica lead singer and guitarist James Hetfield announced the band was dubbing the concert “Too Heavy for Halftime.” Some in the audience had T-shirts to match, thanks to the timely efforts of Metallica’s merchandising crew.
Harrington gives Metallica full marks for rocking out the way they did Saturday night after 35 years and 100-million-plus albums sold:
[Bassist Robert] Trujillo was in constant motion for much of the night, plucking at his instrument in ways that would’ve made his hero — late, great jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius — proud. Hetfield sounded strong on the microphone, especially on the stunning version of “The Unforgiven,” while [drummer Lars] Ulrich was the battery that made the whole thing go.
Yet, [lead guitarist Kirk] Hammett was the most impressive of the bunch, charging “Master of Puppets,” “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)” and other numbers with absolutely electrifying leads.
A hard act for Coldplay, Beyonce and Bruno Mars to follow.
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