June 25, 2022

Napa, California’s BottleRock Competition lastly returned after a two-year absence this weekend, and with Metallica headlining day one on Friday (Could twenty seventh), it obtained off to head-banging begin. As they normally do, the legendary steel band made the present an occasion for his or her followers, ensuring that they’d have most Metallica consumption.

One of many bands that carried out previous to Metallica’s headlining set was Bastardane, a hard-rock trio that features James Hefield’s son Castor on drums. Though the band has a thrash steel affect, they’ve their very own distinctive sound that appeared to get a seal of approval from the Metallica followers watching the present. Additionally approving was James himself, who might be seen behind the wings of the stage watching and nodding alongside, however quickly he can be on a a lot greater stage.

Though there have been many followers casually ingesting wine and consuming their connoisseur meals on blankets over on the important stage, when AC/DC’s “It’s a Lengthy Technique to the Prime,” began to blare over the PA at 7:45 p.m., there have been loads of followers who knew precisely what the tune signaled, and plenty of quickly packed into the realm, leaving the wine drinkers with no different choices than to get off their ft. After the normal “The Ecstacy of Gold” intro, the band hit the stage with “Hardwired,” trying and sounding renewed after their current South American exhibits.

Highlights of the band’s two-hour, 16-song setlist included “Wherever I Could Roam,” “Gasoline,” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” throughout which James, Kirk Hammett, and Robert Trujillo consistently traded locations throughout their large stage.

James additionally took just a few alternatives to deal with the group and their longtime followers, reiterating feedback he just lately made in Brazil about psychological well being: “Metallica are extraordinarily grateful to be right here after 41 years” and “I do know what it’s wish to wrestle, and in case you are struggling, know that you’re by no means alone.”

Metallica closed their set (and Night time One of many competition) with “Battery,” “Nothing Else Issues,” and “Enter Sandman,” however two members weren’t fairly accomplished but.

After the BottleRock gig, followers who had been fortunate sufficient to attain tickets made their approach from the competition web site to the JaM Cellars Ballroom, the place Hammett and Trujillo’s aspect undertaking, often called The Wedding ceremony Band, would hit the stage round 11:15 p.m.

Comprised of Dying Angel frontman Mark Osegueda, Dangerous Wolves guitarist Doc Coyle, Mondo Generator drummer Mike Amster, and the aforementioned Metallica members, The Wedding ceremony Band performed a two-hour-plus set of covers that included the whole lot from Black Flag’s “Black Espresso” to Robert Palmer’s “Hooked on Love” to Motörhead’s “Love Me Like a Reptile.”

Hammett, who spent many of the night enjoying his well-known “Greenie” guitar whereas sporting a inexperienced tracksuit, gave the impression to be having a ball up there, however so did everybody, together with the viewers. It was the proper approach for the Metallica followers who traveled from everywhere in the world to finish their day.

See pics of Metallica, The Wedding ceremony Band, and Bastardane under, adopted by fan-filmed video and Metallica’s BottleRock setlist. Choose up tickets to approaching Metallica exhibits by way of Ticketmaster.

Photograph Gallery – Metallica, The Wedding ceremony Band, and Bastardane in Napa Valley (click on to enlarge and scroll by way of):

All pictures by Raymond Ahner (@raymond_ahner)

Metallica BottleRock Setlist:
The Reminiscence Stays
Wherever I Could Roam
Search & Destroy
Unhappy however True
Whiskey within the Jar
The Unforgiven
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Creeping Dying
Fade to Black
Grasp of Puppets
Nothing Else Issues
Enter Sandman

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