June 24, 2022

Napa, California’s BottleRock Pageant lastly returned after a two-year absence this weekend, and with Metallica headlining day one on Friday (Could twenty seventh), it acquired 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 might 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 could be on a a lot greater stage.

Though there have been many followers casually consuming wine and consuming their connoisseur meals on blankets over on the principal stage, when AC/DC’s “It’s a Lengthy Option to the High,” began to blare over the PA at 7:45 p.m., there have been loads of followers who knew precisely what the music signaled, and lots of quickly packed into the world, 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,” wanting and sounding renewed after their latest South American exhibits.

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

James additionally took a number of alternatives to deal with the gang and their longtime followers, reiterating feedback he 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 prefer to battle, 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 executed but.

After the BottleRock gig, followers who have been fortunate sufficient to attain tickets made their means from the competition website to the JaM Cellars Ballroom, the place Hammett and Trujillo’s facet mission, generally known as The Marriage 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 Marriage ceremony Band performed a two-hour-plus set of covers that included all the pieces 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 taking part in his well-known “Greenie” guitar whereas carrying a inexperienced tracksuit, gave the impression to be having a ball up there, however so did everybody, together with the viewers. It was the right means for the Metallica followers who traveled from all around the world to finish their day.

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

Picture Gallery – Metallica, The Marriage ceremony Band, and Bastardane in Napa Valley (click on to enlarge and scroll by):

All images 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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