A live Metallica concert backed by a 80 piece symphony orchestra, conducted by Michael Kamen. Two songs are debuted, "- Human" and "No Leaf Clover". A documentary is included. It also was released on audio CD.
Unlike the cringe-inducing MTV Icons for Aerosmith or Janet Jackson, this one is much more valuable, where one of the all-time greatest metal bands is paid deserved tribute by some excellent performers.
Sum 41, who never really blew me away, did great to open the show with a medley. Limp Bizkit does a good thrash rap version of Sanitarium, almost improving on the original. Staind performed a touching acoustic of Nothing Else Matters. Avril Lavigne's band was great on Fuel, but she put in zero effort, no wonder she was given one of Metallica's weakest songs from one of their weakest albums. Jim Breuer had a funny take on Hetfield's "ye-AH!", but hell, his band rocked! And Snoop Dogg, good to see he's a fan, bad to see him rap/sing Sad But True. On paper it probably was a good idea. Korn, with their rendition of One, rocked the house down. Jonathan Davis' voice was on the money and the band captured the original's flavor with a taste of Korn.
James Hetfield, Lars Urlich and Kirk Hammet finally took the stage, and jammed out a medley of Hit the Lights, Creeping Death, Blackened, Enter Sandman and Battery. Hearing these guys and seeing them rile up the crowd, it was great that they sounded as tight as ever, especially from hearing their earliest stuff. New bassist Robert Trujillo BTW, blended in rather well and pulled off the tunes. And since St. Anger was such a poorly mixed album, I would have preferred all of the live Frantic, but it was cut off.
The stupid, unnecessary presentations/introductions could have been completely edited out. However, the documentary features are blunt and honest and even interviewed former members of the band like Dave Mustaine and Jason Newsted. The biggest mistake was having Trujillo on the pulpit with the other band members, he had nothing to do with the 20+ years of Metallica music. Newsted, who was there pretty damn long, should've been up there, and then Robert should have been introduced when the band climaxed the special.
Good to see MTV didn't go "pop", outside of Avril, like they did with the terrible Icons for Janet and especially Aerosmith. Very enjoyable for fans and non-fans.
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