The Metallica faithful gathered at State Farm Stadium in Glendale for what was meant to be an epic weekend of thrash-metal anthems, aptly dubbed the “No Repeat Weekend.” However, on the opening night, fans were left with a sense of uncertainty as two songs were unexpectedly dropped from the setlist due to James Hetfield’s battle with a virus. Night 2 was rescheduled from Sunday, Sept. 3, to Saturday, Sept. 9, leaving fans to wonder whether Hetfield had allowed himself enough time to recover.
As reported by AZ Central – From the moment the band stormed the stage with the raw energy of “Whiplash” from their debut album, “Kill ‘Em All,” followed by two thrash-metal classics from “Ride the Lightning,” there was a palpable anticipation in the air. Hetfield, the charismatic frontman, paused to address the reason behind the postponement, acknowledging the fans’ dedication and their desire to witness Metallica at their absolute best.
In his trademark gravelly voice, Hetfield thanked the audience for returning when he and his bandmates could “fire on all cylinders,” ensuring them that Metallica despises delivering anything less than a mega performance.
Then, in a humble and heartfelt moment, Hetfield asked for the crowd’s support, revealing that he was still in the process of healing and needed their voices to carry him through. He asked, “I know you brought your voices with you, am I right?”
As the night unfolded, it became evident that Hetfield’s concerns were unfounded. His performance on Night 2 in Phoenix was nothing short of fierce, delivering more than two hours of headbanging classics. The setlist, a journey through their storied career, left no room for disappointment. In fact, it’s hard to imagine anyone walking away from that performance feeling it was anything less than 110 percent, unless they were predisposed to find fault in the extraordinary.
Metallica’s triumphant return to the stage in the face of adversity stands as a testament to their unwavering dedication to their craft and their fans. James Hetfield’s determination to give it his all, despite the recent challenges, is a reminder of the indomitable spirit that has made Metallica an enduring force in the world of rock and metal.
As the echoes of Metallica’s thunderous performance faded into the night, it was clear that the band had once again proven their resilience and commitment to their music. They may have faced setbacks, but as long as James Hetfield and Metallica continue to grace the stage, they will continue to do so at 110 percent, leaving fans in awe and inspired by their unwavering passion for the music they love.