Sonisphere Festival
Knebworth House, England
2nd August 2009
Review/Photos By ~ Jenna

The last date of the European leg of Metallica's "World Magnetic" tour ended with a headline slot at the UK's Sonisphere Festival. Held at Knebworth House in Hertfordshire, England - this venue has become synonymous with many legendary concerts from bands such as Pink Floyd, Queen, Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones with Metallica now joining this list of prestigious bands.

It was an unusually hot and sunny day in England and the 50,000 excited metal heads that descended upon the Knebworth grounds basked in the glorious sunshine, quenching their thirst between sets with ice cold beer and cider whilst running back and forth between the main and second stages to see bands such as Saxon, Lamb Of God, Mastadon, "Special Fucking Guests" Machine Head, Feeder, Alice In Chains, Limp Bizkit, Avenged Sevenfold and Nine Inch Nails before Metallica's triumphant headline set.

Opening with the classic Blackened, the crowd was in full head banging mode from the very first note then straight into crowd favorite Creeping Death - with the deafening "Die!" chants which had every pair of fists pumping the air, screaming at the top of their voices. Fuel was the only airing from the Reload album and went down very well with the crowd. The highlight of the set for me was rarer gem, Of Wolf & Man, which sounded immense and I hope will become a more staple song in the set list from now on.

Death Magnetic was quite well represented on this set list, with four songs being played, and the rest was all the hits with a few more obscure songs thrown in for the die hard's. The much sought after Dyers Eve was played, and apart from the completely unnecessary intro tape, it sounded really amazing - a vast improvement from the version I witnessed in 2004.

During the encores, the guys almost always go back to their roots, either with a couple of covers and/or something from Kill 'Em All. In honor of Queen's show at Knebworth, the boys threw in Stone Cold Crazy which was followed by a lightning fast rendition of Hit The Lights. Seek & Destroy ended the show, with James running around guitar less for most of the song, going along the front row letting the fans sing bits and pieces of the song. He was clearly having a blast - the smile never left his face for the whole show. It was the day before his birthday so in true Metallica tradition, he got covered in cream pies and silly string by the rest of the band and crew. Kirk then got the crowd to sing happy birthday to him. All in all, it was a fantastic show to end this leg of the tour with and I can't wait to see them again!

Set list

Creeping Death
Of Wolf & Man
Fade to Black
Broken, Beat & Scarred
Sad But True
All Nightmare Long
The Day That Never Comes
Master Of Puppets
Dyers Eve
Nothing Else Matters
Enter Sandman
Stone Cold Crazy
Hit The Lights
Seek & Destroy





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