Last week I went to the Metallica WorldWired tour concert, at B.C Place (14 August 2017) in support of their recent album release, ‘Hardwired… to self-destruct’.
Well… the venue, B.C Place. Its been many years since my first concert here (Pearl Jam 2009) and I forgot just how big it is. I have to question the choice in B.C Place, it looked half empty and far too spacious. The stage was the biggest I’ve ever seen for a live show, from up in the bleachers, the band looked like ants. Perhaps Rogers arena would have been a better selection?
The sound in my honest opinion was shit, B.C Place is a massive reverb chamber, the sound was lost in a wash of reverb which made it hard to really distinguish any of the intricacies of the music. I was pretty disappointed! From what I could hear, Metallica just didn’t sound great in the stadium! The two previous Metallica concerts I saw in 1989 and 2004, both which were awesome!
The song selection was great, something for everyone from old to new, here’s the set list:
2. Atlas, Rise!
3. For Whom the Bell Tolls
4. The Memory Remains
5. The Unforgiven
6. Now That We’re Dead
7. Moth Into Flame
8. Wherever I May Roam
9. Halo on Fire
11. Sad but True
13. Master of Puppets
14. Fade to Black
15. Seek & Destroy
16. Fight Fire With Fire
17. Nothing Else Matters
18. Enter Sandman (with ‘The Frayed Ends of Sanity’ outro)
The pyrotechnics were amazing, flames running the width of the stage, explosions etc. were well timed with the music, especially ‘One’! The big screens behind the band was completely necessary, and made them visible to us up in the bleeders, and the visuals choreographed to each of the songs.
In summary, I was happy I went however I think that was my last Metallica concert.