2012 Concerts In Review

March 29 – Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

My first Bruce show. Such a life-altering evening seeing the legendary E Street Band and one of the greatest song writers in rock n’ roll history. Bruce rocked the house, and the E Street Band gave me an experience I will never forget.

June 15 – Phish
Bader Field, Atlantic City, NJ

My second Phish show (Camden 2010 was my first). It was a very groovy night. Atmosphere was so fun, and the amount of good beer consumed by me was great. The first set was very spontaneous and weird, but the second set was possibly the highlight of the weekend. A sick Twist > Piper as well as a memorable David Bowie with all the teases made the second set one of the best 90 minutes of music I ever witnessed.

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Metallica’s Orion Festival Sets AC on Fire

Metallica plays at Atlantic City’s Bader Field on June 24, 2012. (Photo by John Russo)

Back-to-back festivals in Atlantic City’s Bader Field has been all the buzz in South Jersey.

After Phish rocked the shore spot for a three-night weekend on June 15-17, Metallica brought their pyro and fireworks to the abandoned air field Saturday June 23 and 24.

The plan was to hold a festival, similar to the size that Dave Matthews Band brought in last summer, and feature 35 other acts that included the Arctic Monkeys, Modest Mouse and New Jersey’s own Gaslight Anthem. Metallica headlined both nights, featuring a whole album each night.

On Saturday, they played their 1984 album “Ride the Lightning” and on Sunday they played their 1993 self-titled album to celebrate it’s 20th anniversary. After opening each show with a few hits, they played their respective albums in full from finish to start, and then concluded the show with a few more hits and playing about two hours each night.

Both shows included hit songs “Hit the Lights,” “Master of Puppets,” and “One” as well as seeing “Battery” and “Four Horseman” played on Saturday and “Blackened,” “Fuel” and “Shortest Straw” on Sunday.

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Album no. 11: “Black Album” – Metallica

Album: “Metallica (The Black Album)”
Band: Metallica
Year: 1991
Single: “Enter Sandman”
Best Song: “Nothing Else Matters”

Tracklist
1. Enter Sandman
2. Sad But True
3. Holier Than Thou
4. The Unforgiven
5. Wherever I May Roam
6. Don’t Tread On Me
7. Through The Never
8. Nothing Else Matters
9. Of Wolf and Man
10. The God That Failed
11. My Friend of Misery
12. The Struggle Within

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Day 5: Metallica – “Master of Puppets”

Tracklisting

  1. Battery
  2. Master of Puppets
  3. The Thing That Should Not Be
  4. Welcome Home (Sanatarium)
  5. Disposable Heros
  6. Leper Messiah
  7. Orion
  8. Damage, Inc.

A wacky day once again post-poned a regularly scheduled album on the list. Instead of doing Mumford & Sons, I went to a classic album I’ve listened to thousands of times so I wouldn’t have to focus too much on a new album.

“Master of Puppets” is my favorite Metallica album. It’s drawn comparisons to Metallica’s other two great albums “… And Justice for All” and “Ride the Lightning” for the mix of epic songs, hard-ass openers and dark and edgy riffs.

It starts out almost beautifully with the haunting intro to “Battery.” “Battery” is a punch-you-in-the-mouth type of song that is high-energy throughout.

The other three songs that round out the first four are some of the greatest pieces of music Metallica has ever orchestrated. The album-titled song, “Master” is one of the most iconic songs in metal history. It hits you right on the chin from the opening riff all the way through the beautiful instrumental section until the heavy solo and reprise.

“The Thing That Should Not Be” and “Welcome Home (Sanatarium)” round out one of the best opening album runs in rock history. “Sanatarium” is the walk-up song of current Phillies bench player Ross Gload, another little piece of trivia for my fellow Phillies fans.

“Disposable Heroes” and “Orion” are two other songs to note on the album. “Orion” is an all-instrumental masterpiece that puts you in an eight and a half minute trance.

I saw Metallica for the first time in November 2009 at MSG in New York. They played “Master” and attempted “Battery” but failed as the only two songs off this masterpiece of an album.

“Master” is my favorite album by Metallica. If you can’t handle that then screw you.