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Metallica & Godsmack Live in Fargo

By Tokemaster General, Contributor
Sunday, September 5, 2004 @ 2:34 PM

Metallica & Godsmack Live at t

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REVIEW BY: Almandy

On 8/17/04 Metallica and Godsmack rolled through the Fargo Dome in Fargo ND. Before I go any further I must add that I have been listening to Metallica since Puppets and have been a hard and loyal fan up until St. Anger. I feel this is not only a review of the concert, but a renewal of an old friendship.

Although I do like St. Anger, I like many felt it was not their best work and my first reaction upon hearing it was "What's with the drums?" Add to the mix the Napster ordeal and the loss of Jason and you could say I felt let down by and old friend you have known for years and felt they were no longer at the top of my list as MUST SEE! entertainment.

I didn't buy the ticket, but was given one by my brother when he had an extra. Most of the reason I went was to hang out with my bro.

I've seen them live during the ‘Justice’ and ‘Reload’ tours and thought they were great both times and was hesitant to see the "New Improved Metallica." Where I live is approximately 5 hours from Fargo and if you travel that far, it’d better be a good show. After arriving I could feel the anticipation of seeing Metallica again.

Godsmack began shortly after arrival. Sully worked the crowd and rocked the house with “Awake,” “Voodoo,” “Whatever” and other hits of theirs (my wife listens to GS more than I do). Sully had a very good drum solo and duel with his drummer and sounded perfect. I was surprised to hear Sully prep the crowd for, in his words, "The greatest band in the World," before ending their set. I would rate Godsmack 8 out of 10.

After the break, Metallica began with “Blackened” and drove the crowd into a frenzy and kept them there throughout the show. The arena was not sold old like previous times I've seen them, but the crowd rocked. The stage was "in the round" and James, Lars, Kirk and Rob played tight and seemed to have a great time and it showed.

I don't remember the complete set list or their order, what I do remember is “Fuel,” “One,” “No leaf Clover,” “Puppets,” “Leper Messiah,” “Sandman,” “Sad But True,” “Roam,” “Nothing Else,” “Frantic,” “Monster,” “Sweet Amber,” “King Nothing,” “Creeping Death,” “Fade to Black,” solos from Rob and Kirk and more tunes plus two more for the encore. All in all Metallica played for 2 hours & 20 minutes and I think they played better than ever before.

I saw Metallica on Headbangers Ball a while ago and during their interview they were asked about fan reaction to their changing music, Napster their inner turmoil leading up and after St. Anger. Summing it up, they said they didn't feel they had to defend or justify the direction of their music and did what they wanted to do like they always have and their fans would like it or not and didn't disagree with their choice, which I agree with 100%.

This leads me to their show that night. Metallica thanked their true fans for being there for them throughout the years and dedicated the show to them.

Regardless of what anyone says about them, I feel Metallica has always been there for me and I will always be there for them. I consider myself a true fan and feel my old friends, whom I hadn't seen in a while (since ‘97), were in top form that night. I rate Metallica 10 out of 10. I would like to thank my big bro and Metallica for a great show.

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