By John Laszlo Bruce
Bell MTS Place
September 14, 2018
Metallica played Winnipeg Thursday night to promote their latest album, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct. It was the thirtieth stop on the twelfth and final leg of one of their biggest tours ever.
The band’s performances of classic songs like “Master of Puppets” wasn’t the only thing that got the crowd roaring at Bell MTS Place. The heavy metal masters made several homages to Winnipeg, Manitoba, including a haphazard rendition of BTO’s Taking Care of Business and t-shirts emblazoned with a Winnipeg Jets-themed Metallica logo.
After helping out vocalist James Hetfield with the lyrics to Fade to Black, the crowd also sang along to Now that We’re Dead as if it was a thirty-year-old classic, instead of a track from the metal pioneers’ tenth and latest album.
Front man Hetfield commented on their longevity by pointing out the wide-ranging age groups rocking out in the crowd, including a boy celebrating twelfth birthday.
He told the crowd that anybody can be a Metallica fan, but it helps if you’re a “fuck-up” like them.
For a bunch of self-described screw-ups, their stage show lived up to rock-god status, with dozens of cube-shaped mini-jumbotrons, coordinated floating lights that were actually attached to a fleet of drones, and of course forty-foot fire balls during Moth into Flame. The show reportedly took over two days to set up in the Winnipeg arena.