MusicThe anxious hours of earlier this week – when Metallica’s concert at Rock Werchter threatened to be called off for a while after the coronavirus – seemed completely forgotten and completely forgiven Friday night. The American band gave her a strong hug, greatly delighting the audience in attendance.
Werchter’s meadow was seen on Friday. The fiery countdown to Metallica – the day’s conclusion – was also visible in the sea of people. All-black outfits – despite the sun – and band shirts: Fans lined up early on the main stage not to miss a second of their favorite band. That means they also had to challenge actions like Lewis Capaldi – not exactly a fellow Metallica type. “I’ve never sung for metal,” the musician joked anyway. “I know you’re not here for me, but I hope I can entertain you while I wait for Metallica.”
For a moment, it seemed like the wait would be rewarded sooner than expected, since the organization announced that the band would start twenty minutes earlier than expected. Metallica seemed to be the only one who didn’t receive that note, because the gentlemen were only on stage at eleven o’clock. Although the wait was more than a bonus: the show was everything you could expect from Metallica. Tight work on guitar, a string of hit songs – from “Nothing Else Matters” to “One”, “Master of Puppets” and “Enter Sandman” – and a bit of nonsense between songs. Although James Hetfield had something to say: “I live my childhood dream on stage every night.” As usual, they concluded with a boat full of fireworks. Metallica literally and figuratively concluded the second day of the festival with great fanfare.
Watch “Nothing Else Matters” on Werchter here
Watch “One” on Werchter here
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