Five things I learned at Metallica's Apollo Theater show

In town to promote their new 3-D IMAX movie, the metal kings played a career-spanning set at the legendary Apollo Theater.

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    Metallica at The Apollo Theater (Sirius XM)

  • Photograph: Kenny Rodriguez

    Metallica at The Apollo Theater (Sirius XM)

  • Photograph: Kenny Rodriguez

    Metallica at The Apollo Theater (Sirius XM)

  • Photograph: Kenny Rodriguez

    Metallica at The Apollo Theater (Sirius XM)

  • Photograph: Kenny Rodriguez

    Metallica at The Apollo Theater (Sirius XM)

  • Photograph: Kenny Rodriguez

    Metallica at The Apollo Theater (Sirius XM)

  • Photograph: Kenny Rodriguez

    Metallica at The Apollo Theater (Sirius XM)

  • Photograph: Kenny Rodriguez

    Metallica at The Apollo Theater (Sirius XM)

  • Photograph: Kenny Rodriguez

    Metallica at The Apollo Theater (Sirius XM)

  • Photograph: Kenny Rodriguez

    Metallica at The Apollo Theater (Sirius XM)

  • Photograph: Kenny Rodriguez

    Metallica at The Apollo Theater (Sirius XM)

  • Photograph: Kenny Rodriguez

    Metallica at The Apollo Theater (Sirius XM)

  • Photograph: Kenny Rodriguez

    Metallica at The Apollo Theater (Sirius XM)

  • Photograph: Kenny Rodriguez

    Metallica at The Apollo Theater (Sirius XM)

  • Photograph: Kenny Rodriguez

    Metallica at The Apollo Theater (Sirius XM)

Photograph: Kenny Rodriguez

Metallica at The Apollo Theater (Sirius XM)


Metallica's last visit to New York City saw the metal vets playing the massive Yankee Stadium, as part of the blockbuster Big 4 tour. This time, the group's surroundings were a bit cozier and more intimate, by Metallica standards at least. The historic Apollo Theater hosted the quartet on Saturday, September 21, for a show presented and live-broadcasted by SiriusXM Satellite Radio. (Side note: The band did make an appearance at the Bronx ballpark the next day, performing "Enter Sandman" as part of the festivities for retiring closer Mariano Rivera.)

The gig served to promote their upcoming 3-D IMAX concert film, Metallica Through the Never, out on September 27. But the show was more than a corporate whistle-stop. The band seemed psyched to be in such close proximity to its hard-core fans (who filled the first rows of the theater) and boldfaced attendees (SiriusXM host Howard Stern was among the crowd). The 18-song set spanned the group's 32-year career, from poppy dirge "The Memory Remains" to thrashing nightcap "Seek & Destroy." Here are five things we learned at the show:

1. Lars Ulrich is the most excited guy in the room
Immediately following each song the drummer would pop off his stool and strut, flex, yell into the air, flash the metal horns, goad the crowd and generally act like he wouldn't rather be anywhere else. The enthusiasm was palpable and appreciated.

2. Kirk Hammett respects his forebears
During a set change, the shredder took center stage to bang out a quick solo, which included the opening guitar part to Jimi Hendrix tune "Voodoo Child," a riff that's familiar to anyone that's ever picked up an ax. it's nice to know that the lightning-paced guitar wizard still has a healthy respect for other six-string masters.

3. No love for the lucky stump
For the duration of the show, the Apollo's Tree of Hope—a relic rubbed by superstitious Amateur Night performers for luck—sat unloved to the side of the stage. Unlike Bruce Springsteen, who played the venue for a Sirius event in 2012, the boys in Metallica didn't make a big show of petting the auspicious log. Don't mess with the spirits of the Apollo, Metallica! (I'm just gonna assume they gave it a good shining during sound-check.)

4. James Hetfield is a hilarious pantomimist
After the band's first encore, Hetfield played with the crowd, peeling off his guitar strap, then putting it back on briefly before repeating the motion, all while pointing at a nonexistent watch to say they were out of time. The audience played along with appropriately timed boos and cheers. He then mimed out the motions of leaving the theater, driving a car and tucking into bed. Eventually, he strapped on the guitar for one more tune.

5. The guys take care of their fans
The audience was a motley bunch: a combination of Sirius Satellite Radio employees and their friends, press and industry folks, and actual Metallica fans. Many of the former groups cleared out mid-encore. Those devoted enough to stick around were rewarded with a lengthy goodbye, in which the band tossed out handfuls of guitar picks and drums sticks to the adoring throngs.

Set list:
"Hit the Lights" 
"Master of Puppets" 
"Ride the Lightning" 
"Harvester of Sorrow" 
"The Day That Never Comes" 
"The Memory Remains" 
"Broken, Beat & Scarred" 
"Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" 
"Sad but True" 
"Orion" 
"One" 
"For Whom the Bell Tolls" 
"Blackened" 
"Nothing Else Matters" 
"Enter Sandman"

Encore:
"Creeping Death" 
"Battery" 
"Seek & Destroy" 


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