Last Thursday I was welcomed into the Metallica family as I attended their concert in Pittsburgh, my very first concert of theirs. I have been on a high since the tickets were purchased back in June, but let me tell you, nothing compares to the excitement I felt on that day!
Jim Bruer was the opening act and he did an amazing job of pumping up the crowd and getting us even more excited for the reason we were all there. Being a Metallica fan himself, I could feel the energy radiating off of him. I couldn’t help but laugh along with him and feel the child like excitement coursing through my veins.
When I knew I was only minutes away from crossing an item off of my bucketlist and seeing one of my all time favorite bands take the stage I became so overjoyed that my body started to shake. I seriously can’t remember the last time I felt so much excitement, and as soon as I saw I them I instinctively screamed!
They opened with “Hardwired” from their new album, and I instantly started headbanging, and this continued for every. single. song. They only played 5 songs from their new album, which was awesome because as much as I love their new stuff, nothing beats their older albums! My absolute favorite performance had to be “One,” I felt like there was an earthquake beneath my feet and I could literally feel the bass from the drum and guitars reverberating in my chest!
My neck and shoulders are still a little sore from all the headbanging and dancing, my throat is finally feeling better from screaming, and I can finally hear without a high pitched ringing following. Ha ha! When did I get so old?? Regardless, it was so worth it!
This is a memory that will remain with me for the rest of my life, one of which I am beyond honored and grateful for.
James Hetfield spoke of how cool it is when you go to see a band you love and they play one of your favorite songs live, he spoke of how music changes lives, and how it connects us. He spoke of how there are all types of people in the world and as he looked around at his 18,000 fans he welcomed every single one of us, every single difference, no judgement passed. Just another reason to adore and respect this man and this band.
After the concert, the band threw out guitar picks, which Neil and I were lucky enough to receive, and my husband laughs at me, because we were literally surrounded by thousands of people, but I blew a kiss to James, and I swear he looked right at me and blew a kiss back. I not only blew a kiss, I blew a kiss and then waved, and he too, blew a kiss and then waved! Ha ha! I don’t care what Neil says, James and I shared a moment!! Lol!
If you ever get the opportunity to see your favorite band live, I implore you to take it! Nothing compares to the excitement, nothing compares to the moment of watching your favorite performers play your favorite songs right in front of you!
What bucket list items have you crossed off? What was your favorite concert? I’d love to hear about it!
Love & life lessons,