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#120 Metallica @ Download Festival Dublin RDS Arena (June 11th 2006)

Metallica @ Download Festival Dublin RDS Arena June 11th 2006)

Support: Avenged Sevenfold / Alice in Chains / Special Guest: Jerry Cantrell

Second night of the first, and as it turned out only, Irish Download festival. It didn't feel like a festival unfortunately especially with having a night off in between gigs. No matter though as tonight was another cracking show. My very first full Metallica gig (I had seen them 14 years previously at the Freddie Mercury Tribute concert). Went with a couple of friends and although not a huge fan of the band at the time, tonight's gig was a great way to see the band in full flight. 

Starting off with five songs including a personal favourite, Wherever I May Roam the lights then dimmed and the band went off stage. Next the video screen displayed the Masters of Puppets album while a voiceover told the crowd that the album would now be played in its entirety in celebration of its 20th anniversary. The huge roar that greeted this announcement got louder as the opening bars of Battery started up and the band came back on stage. I love the title track of the album and also Sanitarium but in truth at the time of the gig I was more excited about the remaining songs than the Masters album. I would appreciate it more now of course, and although it was great I have to admit that I was one of those annoying fans that only got into Metallica around the time of One and 'that' video. For me the remaining songs: Sad But TrueNothing Else Matters (with Jerry Cantrell from Alice in Chains), the amazing OneEnter Sandman were wonderful. The encore of Whiskey in the Jar and the immense Seek and Destroy was out of this world.

Make no mistake this was a superb gig but I wish I had been a bigger fan at the time. I have since listened to Masters many times and now realise what the fuss was all about. I know…I’m useless.

Ticket: June 11th 2006

Ticket Price: €64.50

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