Last night I went out, yes you heard that right I went out on a Monday night (what is the world coming to?). My boys and I went to Tinseltown theaters to go and see Metallica’s S&M2 concert with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Now I’m more of a Megadeth fan and I thought to myself, I’m really tired today and do I want to go and sit through two and a half hours of headbanging, thrasher metal?
Yes, yes I do, because although Dave Mustaine left Metallica in the early 1980’s I was extremely impressed with this concert. I can’t begin to describe just how awesome this experience was and this was on film AFTER the original concert had taken place. And what’s even more surprising is that the San Francisco Symphony made Metallica’s music SO MUCH BETTER than it originally is! (sorry Dave).
I’m not exaggerating when I say that the kettle drums, the French horns, and the CELLOS…..I’m like who puts cellos and French horns in a metal concert?!? Metallica that’s who! It added a….oh how do you say, je ne sais quoi to the entire performance. Oh I also have to mention the orchestras conductor, Edwin Outwater. He conducted the orchestra with such fluidity and grace, but of course the orchestra itself was the bomb! They performance only enhanced Metallica’s musical talent by like a thousand! Oh one more word on Mr. Outwater, he’s a cutie patootie, there I said it! Not what you’d think an orchestra conductor to look like, totes out of the norm.
But wait there’s more (insert cheesy sales pitch here) all of this amazing performance was only the sundae underneath. The cherry on top was a wonderful, spectacular tribute to Cliff Burton, their first bassist who died in 1986 at the age of 24 in a bus accident while on tour for their Master of Puppets tour in Sweden.
Scott Pingel, the Symphony’s principal bass player played an electric instrument (a cello looking thing) and produced a haunting rendition of Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth). Then when Lars Ulrich joined in BAM! It became the most perfect tribute to a former band member I’ve ever heard, I was on the verge of tears! And as mentioned this isn’t even my favorite band but it was enough to move me to stand along with all the others in the theater and start banging my head. Which by the way my three boys were mortified by, but meh, I think I’ve earned embarrassing them now since they are all grown men and because I just turned 50 so I’m with the attitude that I DON’T GIVE A FLYING FUCK about embarrassing y’all in public!
Here is the Scott Pingel/Lars Ulrich tribute to Cliff Burton, just spectacular!
So, if you have a chance to go and see this rock concert movie, do it you won’t be sorry!
Until next time remember, chin up, solider on and watch your back!
The Huntress 915