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Concert Reviews:
Metallica, Foo Fighters combing for superstar Saturday virtual concerts

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

Posted: Sunday, November 15, 2020

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videos about All Within My Hands' work -- gave fans plenty of special moments as well. Though advertised as "live and acoustic from HQ" it was actually half-and-half, with Hetfield and Kirk Hammett pulling out the solid-body guitars after the first eight songs. Among the treats, however, were the first-ever acoustic performances of "Blackened" and "Now That We're Dead," an unplugged rendition of Deep Purple's "When a Blind Man Cries" a sweeping treatment of Bob Seger's "Turn the Page." The electric set, meanwhile, included a revamped "Disposable Heroes," Metallica's first live performance of "The House of the Rising Sun" and the return of "Wasting My Hate" for the first time in nine years.

The show finished with a trio of must-plays -- "For Whom the Bell Tolls," "Master of Puppets" and "Enter Sandman," with fan calls for an encore or at least another fundraiser in the not too distant future.

Foo Fighters played it a bit more straightforward, playing a dozen all--original, catalog-spanning songs, mostly hits, from the Roxy stage. But the group's hard-rocking energy and frontman Dave Grohl's characteristic, and contagious, enthusiasm elevated the proceedings to something more than a standard play to the cameras.

Led to the stage by a Coors Light "beer can cam," one of several product placements, Grohl quipped to the crew to "let us know when we're live" before realize the band, in fact, was. "I had this big, intricate speech ready and we realized we were on," he said as, added by four backup singers, the sextet teased ab it of "Making a Fire" before tearing into "All My Life" and "The Pretender." The Foos reprised its new single "Shame Shame," which it premiered a week before on "Saturday Night Live" from the forthcoming "Medicine At Midnight" album (out Feb. 5),and filled the rest of the set with muscular renditions of favorites such as "Learn To Fly," "Times Like These," "My Hero," "This Is a Call," "Best of You" and the concluding "Everlong."

Both shows will be available through Monday evening, Nov. 16, Metallica's via nugs.tv and Facebook and the Foos via nocapshows.com

Web Site: www.nugs.tv

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