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My weekend started Saturday morning, February 6, 2016 when I met my ride share near Los Angeles to make the six hour drive North to San Francisco for CBS Radio The Night Before Concert With METALLICA and Super Bowl 50.
 
Metallica Pre-Super Bowl ConcertAs we arrived in the Bay Area and eventually found our way to the stadium, I noticed that all NFL teams were represented by all fans, but there were also a lot of Metallica fans on the way to the concert. I asked a young fan the best way to get to the show and he said “just follow us.” It turned out “us” was his parents and we became friends immediately.
 
At AT&T Stadium, I made my way through what seemed like an endless array of the color orange and everywhere I looked, I saw Metallica merchandise in the orange and black colors. Must be Bronco fans I thought or a premonition of the eventual winner of the big game. I picked up my ticket and found my way to my seat as Cage the Elephant was finishing the opening set.
 
I sat far from the stage, but had a killer view of the Bay Bridge in the background as Metallica took the stage and opened with “Creeping Death.” The new stage and giant video of James, Lars, Kirk and Robert kicking ass was amazing. They sounded great and performed songs off every album except “Death Magnetic.”
 
Metallica played 18 songs, including “Master of Puppets,” “Wherever I May Roam” and “Whiskey In The Jar,” which they dedicated to deceased bandmate Cliff Burton. Two different times between songs, Kirk Hammett would jam out a guitar solo.
 
The highlight of the show for me was when James made a remark about how Metallica was too heavy for halftime of the Super Bowl and said it was better for Metallica to do a whole show and not just one song for halftime. And just like that, the social media hash tag became #tooheavyforhalftime. The night ended with fan favorite “Enter Sandman” as Pyro and a firework show concluded the concert.
 
The next day, it was time for Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, Californa on a beautiful sunny and 75 degree day. I did not get in to watch the game, but plenty of tailgaters had TV’s so I was able to watch the Broncos beat the Panthers from the parking lot :). The Super Bowl was a great experience and I can not wait for Los Angeles to host the big game in the future.
 
Big thanks to Kristina Quintos at CBS Radio and Metallica for making this happen for METAL SHOP ROCKS. You Rock! Watch the entire concert in HD via YouTube below.
-Ralph
 

 

 

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