In August 1991 honored the elite of hard guitar sounds Basel under the „Monsters of Rock“ and the name was for 50’000 Metal-Disciples to program! METALLICA then swept with (today banned) 110 Decibels through Joggeli, so that the main act AC / DC appeared despite wildly hampel ends Angus Young and a great show as a gentle breeze. Legends say, that Metallica still in 20 Kilometers away Rodersdorf were heard. After about 20 Years Metallica returned on Friday to Basel in Basel St sold out. Jakob-Park back and staggered 40’000 Fans in Euphorie – and conjured up a dramatic change in the weather. So the show started with bright sunshine and ended in the truest sense of the word in a small storm. However, the audience did not seem the storm disturbing the least, On the contrary: Es war, as they sat thunder and lightning even more under current!
After the absolute mudslinging on Sonisphere 2010 in Jonschwil, the organizational chaos, that finally the organizer bankrupt operation at Sonisphere 2011, also in the Basel Joggeli, and the Sonisphere 2012 In Yverdon-les-bains, finally a thoroughly successful event with Metallica, Motörhead and Slayer, found last Friday so the Sonisphere 2014 im Basler FCB St. Jacob Park, What Kvelertak, Airbourne, Alice in Chains and Metallica place. Metallica St. Jakob im, that a cause with history. The last time entered the American quartet in 1993 here on, the tour to the so-called black album, the catapulted the band from the top of the heavy metal scene in the ranks of the stadium bands and there they hold since then stubbornly – despite weak albums, Line-up changes, Alcohol problems and a documentary film, which showed the band with a therapist during such a dissection of one's own psyche. After the Black Album was for me personally Metallica dead and sold out and the Napster affair confirmed me in this way of thinking. But there was nothing, what the band-fan relationship could permanently damage and also I could forgive the men's and came with St. Anger again on the taste.
In the audience on Friday clearly dominated Black, as befits a Metal(lic)-Concert also heard. But it quickly became clear, here, too much mainstream is on the way: Visitors with plaid shirts and beige shorts, People with Föhnfrisuren and Madam in Germany jerseys – what does not go to a metal concert. Sei’s drum, The main thing is true here and the technique was not spilled, but padded and that really: The stage is 110 Tons, About 14 Kilometers of cable were laid, 1200 People are at the day mentioned in the application and 55 40-Ton trucks carted zoom the material. Two crane lorries containing 60 Tons and seven forklifts were in constant use, 312 Meter trusses were assembled and eleven Nightliner brought musicians and crew on the scene. How could a band, the so hard Music plays, become one of the greatest rock bands ever? Just for comparison: Slayer and ANTHRAX, with since the eighties together Megadeth Metallica and the „Big Four“ Dec Thrash Metal Bilden, occurred a month ago at the Z7 in Pratteln together before 1500 People on. Unlike their contemporaries Metallica wrote early also melodious and ballad-pieces, but that alone can not explain, why tens of thousands flock to Metallica concerts. There must be another reason and called James Hetfield. He is among the few frontmen, which can fill with their aura a stadium. Legs he stands there, pay present and leaves with pals exemplary authority no doubt, Who's in charge.
The Vorbands Kvelertak, Airbourne and Alice in Chains were still so flat out: The metal kings were in town and let everything fade other! Until Metallica sound in complete stadium was full and grits was not the bands meet. damage! But then started to play as Metallica after a short construction phase was the sound very fat! Even the well-tried Intro „The Good, the Bad und the Ugly“ brought the crowd to romp more, than any up to this point proffered Song. The large stadium clock was draped with a black cloth and from the stage sounded the high-speed attack „Battery“ from the year 1986. It seemed, as Metallica wanted to stop time. Latest when seamlessly appended „MASTER of Puppets“ from the same year Metallica sounded significantly better than six years ago in Jonschwil. The hands went to the back rows high and the band further out holzte a board after another. For ten years „new here“ ist Bassist Robert Trujillo, who had once fought for its place in the dense frequency spectrum of the band and the metallic rumble of his Fünfsaiters remained even heard, when Hetfield and lead guitarist Kirk Hammett pumped heavy riffs, as in the merciless „Ride The Lightning“.
Hungry fever the amount against the titles, which could be selected in advance via online voting. „Metallica by Request“ is the motto of the current tour, which means, that the set list in advance of any gigs by voting of fans via the Internet will be determined and announced. Service to paying customers, for he who has such materials prior to, must be removed no artistic freedom, but has to provide entertainment. The fan wants to hear Hits, for such he is out of money and takes for getting totally overcrowded extra trains, in which there are far too few toilets, in purchasing. Unfortunately, not all of the setlist via online voting was determined: During the concert, the audience was repeatedly urged between three outstanding songs via sms match. Of course, for 80 Rappen pro Stimmabgabe, what let drift off the event times in a really sleazy sales show.
Thus, the appearance of Metallica between a concert to routine and an absolutely marginal sales show moved. A miracle could not participate even in an SMS sweepstake, with stupid questions in the style of modern TV shows. This superfluous viewer interaction to voting bugged uncommonly, as directed before the actual gig, the band members via video Einspieler to fans, in order to „vote“ call. But there's, so let it be taking James Hetfield, even during the performance always pointing back to this voting option, which he means a chic bar graph presented the very scarce Current score again and invited the fans, ihr „To give best“ - Was probably meant: their money. And even if Metallica played tired in Basel, not as likely every fan have become perfectly happy at this request concert. Given the chumming Sale Show wish you the evil force from the time of the black album back, which had at least an all-black soul.
Apart from these annoying interruptions Metallica showed during the two and a half hour show usual routine. Accompanied by successful visuals and Video-Clips, which ran across LED wall, it past the band from the California Bay Area who desire custom setlist almost flawless down to the last corner of the stadium. Metallica played, which wished the audience and delivered solid work without fuss. The four guys from San Francisco played the 16 most requested songs and delivered as „Metallica to order“. The sound was outstanding, set but especially the pieces from the early years primarily on overwhelming sound walls. Over the entire width of the stage hung a more than 360 Quadratmeter large LED-Wand, on not only the images of the musicians were to be seen from four different camera angles, as marching soldiers and skeletons on, it dripped blood, and it was offered a perfectly coordinated production. Die Lightshow war atemberaubend, drew ludicrous pattern on the ranks, sawed the stage with bright laser beams and transformed the crowd into a blood-red sea, from the only James Hetfield white stood out. He repeatedly sought contact with the fans, between his filthy laugh – even if a bit too rehearsed flippant, the master let the puppets dance and again it went from the 56 Meter stage on the catwalk in the masses.
When Metallica played the only new song of the night, ging is the: Under cover of darkness, a storm front had pushed over Joggeli, which now opened the floodgates. The first performance of the song, the will may appear on the new album, fell so completely into the water. It is „Lords Of Summer“ not sooo bad. With gallop rhythm and the change in the heavy half-time Metallica are indeed close to the self-plagiarism. All the same, Time, to fetch fresh refills, for the guarantee during the week, some efforts have been made. Three semi-trailer with a total of 400 Pallets liquid stood in the stadium ready. Five refrigerated trucks and five cold rooms chilled drinks on five degrees, were to the existing stalls in the stadium additional 50 Waterchiller - hot as the mobile stalls in the jargon - installed. In addition, it was not without a certain irony, that spilled out just after this battle cry for the summer rain from heaven. After all knew Hetfield to use the sudden change in the weather and adjusts itself for the duration of „Sad But True“ on the ramp in the pouring rain. That's solidarity to the fans, which sang along the catchy verses of massive shuffles of his lungs. And it was not just Hetfield, but also guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo regularly on the web and did not let the fans alone standing in the rain, but stood with them in the rain and gave gas follows, that even the lightning, the above St. Jakob Park zuckten, were part of the production.
During her appearance Metallica repeatedly emphasized their proximity to the fans, it as part of the „Metallica-Family“ or. consider fifth band member. This has also be expressed, that some fans were standing on the edge of the stage throughout the show. Somehow I lack the Snotty, everything „love, Peace and Happiness“, the frontman seems tamed. It can not be denied, that because another man is standing on the stage as two decades ago. Went from him at that time a rather threatening, Aura aus Dunkle, Hetfield admits now acts chummy. To some extent, as often as he in the songs „the!“ or „KILL!“ border - and that is no mean exactly rare, so often proclaimed Hetfield in his announcements „Metallica loves you, Basel“. It is difficult for me, is to see no contradiction. Since Hetfield can provide as long demonstratively in the rain. Lightning flashed throughout the presentation about the sky and Hetfield, Hammett and Trujillo mainly flog undeterred an on their instruments. That's why is called this genre Thrash Metal. Thrash mit H. not Trash, because that is not a waste but a shredder, of all the garbage, of a messed up life, chopped and crushed, remains until only a feeling of numbness and redemption. Guter Thrash Metal wirkt wie Meditation, Or something like that…
Was only towards the end „Nothing Else Matters“ and immediately afterwards „Enter Sandman“. The public was never suspended and these songs hung it again right into it. Hetfield would have the „Sing it!“ can save before the chorus, Metallica-pack made by themselves with and with an enthusiasm, the even that endorphin-addicted FCB Stadium rarely experienced. „St. Anger“ opened the encores, a relatively new piece, that probably one of the harder of the band's history. Then played the men elected by SMS Song, in Basel, the audience for decision „Orion“ until then „Seek & Destroy“ was released. Once again it flashed fiercely in the sky, then passed the tape. The last piece played Metallica shortly after eleven, while the stadium was already burning any available lamp. That probably was not because, that they wanted the musicians show their pflotschnasses audience, But the fact, that the curfew applies in Basel for rock gods.
All in all, it must be noted: Metallica halt. Two and a half hours of world-class. The four exceptional musicians are by now more than 30 Years stage presence not only technically unbeatable, but seemed to have a really good day in Basel. At least they gave the impression, that they had the mood for each song, they played. And how they played this: Hetfield joined his guitars often, as other people have their panties in a week. Added to this was a simply outstanding sound, powerful, cutting, clear, absolutely pure in the ballads, which mixed the band sent between the thrashy songs and so once took the air out, to give immediately the gas again. The fact that the fans the song selection every night of the „By Request“-may redefine Tour, is ultimately not much more than a publicity stunt. Finally, consists in this online voting always the taste of the masses against the insider wishes by. Given the results of voting headlined a big German Metal magazine recently „Your slowpoke!“ , referring to the fans. However, it will be interesting, what the marketing department of the band James Hetfield can still occur all. After Metallica recently been media coverage played a gig in Antarctica (Antarctica), everything seems to be possible in terms of marketing. Here are some suggestions: „Titanica – Drown’em all“ or „Desertica – Meet the Sandman“. It may be gevoted.
- Master Of Puppets
- Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
- Ride The Lightning
- The Unforgiven
- Creeping Death
- Lords Of Summer
- Sad But True
- Fade To Black
- …and Justice for all
- For Whom The Bell Tolls
- Whiskey in the Jar
- Nothing Else Matters
- Enter Sandman
- St. Anger
- Seek & Destroy
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