If you are in the Chicagoland area and wouldnt mind being entertained AND helping people this Thursday please check out the Bristol Gang Variety Show 3.0 at the Gorton Center, 400 East Illinois, Lake Forest IL. The show is on August 5th @ 8 PM.
I have been to some shows but keep failing to write up any sort of review – I am trying to right the ship tonight.
So last night (Monday Jan 26, 2009) Metallica came to Chicago and rocked the house. I would comment on the opening bands but I was late getting to the show. Also I would like to point out that it was not my fault this time!!!
Chicago is cold and snowy = we get lots of snow. The past few weeks have been filled with both and the parking lot of the Allstate Arena showed it. There are usually two entrances in but for the Metallica concert there was only one – never a good sign. All you saw from the road were a few cars (Im assuming they belonged to those controlling traffic) and huge mounds of snow.
After trying two other places with no luck we got back in line to park out in the sticks (it must have been .5 miles plus). The only good side to parking in the sticks was not having to pay some huge parking fee (see my Sears Centre Review for an example).
We finally park, catch a shuttle, and get inside only to run into another problem. Why is it impossible to find a place to get banded? When you are on the floor you need wrist bands but they never tell you where to go other than the wrong place. They tell you a gate or the East Gate or the North Gate but with the lines of people for beer and food you cant see anything. Then after 20 minutes of pushing through lines you find the nice little old ladies that band your wrist.
Once banded we could enter…. the sauna that was the Allstate. As you walked towards the center stage it just got hotter and hotter and did so the entire night. It wasnt until 75% of the way through the night did it feel like they turned on the AC. Thanks to them, the heat, and me wearing a sweatshirt I just about passed out from the heat. PITA getting heat stroke is, especially when its right in the middle of Metallica playing One. Talk about bad luck.
Speaking of the music, I have found a set list that looks correct. Im not 100%, but it should be very close to what Metallica played night 1 in Chicago.
1. That Was Just Your Life
2. The End of the Line
3. Creeping Death
4. Ride the Lightning
6. Broken, Beat and Scarred
8. Sad But True
9. Wherever I May Roam
10. All Nightmare Long
11. The Day That Never Comes
12. Master of Puppets
14. Nothing Else Matters
15. Enter Sandman
16. Last Caress (Misfits cover)
18. Seek and Destroy
Source for set.
The show itself rocked from start to finish. I think the total running time was just over 2 hours with no real breaks. They had 3 down times (including the break prior to the encore) but someone was always on and they kept them really quick.
The spot we had was on the side (it was away from the big mosh pit) and were just some 15 feet away from the stage – very cool. I wish more bands would use the stage setup that Metallica did for their concert – it was small but big. They had plenty of room to roam around, were close to the crowd, and overall just made for great fan/band interactions. Interactions like James throwing his guitar pick and my brother getting hit in the head with it – and no he didnt get it as the people around us jumped on it super fast.
So was it a good show? I have to say yes. It had everything you want from a Metallica or any rock concert:
1. Die hard fans
2. Metallica playing *$@@#$ good
3. Mosh pits were going on
4. Great light and laser show
5. Great seats (go here for Metallica Tickets – thanks guys, you saved me)
6. Coffins hanging from the ceiling
7. Easy out parking
Metallica @ allstate in chicago
I have more photos and videos that I will upload the next few days and share.
Last night I headed up to the Fuel Room to catch Saliva and Drowning Pool. I first caught Saliva as part of the opening act for Puddle of Mudd back in October, 2007 @ The Rave in Milwaukee. That was one hell of a good show by Saliva and Puddle of Mudd. Deepfield also put on a good show and rounded out what was one of the better shows from start to finish I have seen.
The Fuel Room itself was a bit of a surprise, I am thinking that it holds some 1000 people at most (one source says it tops out at 900) and was filled to capacity Saturday night. It is still new and hasnt taken much of a beating – still has that new and not worn look about it. To the owners – nice touch with the B.B. King poster and Harley hanging on the wall. I also liked the fact that they had waitresses walking about so that you didnt have to leave the small room to fight with everyone at the bar – you can just stand and enjoy the show.