Heavy metal legends Metallica rocked out at the Fonda Theatre last night as part of a series of intimate shows they've been doing in support of new album "Hardwired...to Self-Destruct." Devoted fans stood in the rain for hours just to get to the front, although there really aren't any terrible spots at a venue of this size. There were some celebrity sightings as well, with Lady Gaga being the most notable presence at the show.
It's pretty incredible to think about how long Metallica has been around and see them play shows like they never run out of energy. "Now we're really getting warmed up," James Hetfield said after a couple of songs. "I don't feel 53." None of them looked like they were in their 50's either, and they could probably outplay most rock bands these days. Playing their best hits mixed in with their new songs, the band made sure fans got their money's worth and more.
Tickets were first sold to fan club members for $25 each through a lottery system, and then to the public for $100 each. All proceeds were pledged to benefit the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.
All photographs by Rozette Rago