Log number 1: Stu's account of the day
Day started well, sun shining, bacon
doorsteps and no hangover (hahaha Hector!!!). Off we trot in Andy's little
red van, feeling a bit like postman Pat to find somewhere to park within
reach of Wembley.
Got to Canon's Park to meet Steve, Ollie and co and an unearthly Sunday
hour of 10.30. By 10.45 Steve gave up on parallel parking and let Eddie do
the biz. Unfortunately we did not have a camera to cature Steve doing his
best to destroy his clutch!!!
So after the short tube ride, we were faced with 3 hours of standing
around calling each other to see if the other queue's were different. They
At 2-30 they decided to let us in so we got in the pit and obtained new
wristbands. Luckily we all got in even Hangover Hec and his Greek
Suntanned torso. Sorry - burnt legs and tummy.
Mastodon and Machine Head were both awesome and got the crowd going. Then
for some weird reason some guys in a band called HIM got on to the sacred
Wembley stage. I have been going to gigs for nearly 25 years and have
never seen a band 'fingered' and booed like that. Deserved it mind as they
are shit and should never have been put in the same show as the other
Rather than stand at the front all day, we took it easy and muscled our
way down to the front middle just in time to get a blast of Long Way To
The Top. Sorry Cads but there is no way Iron Maiden's intro is anywhere
near as good. Then the video screens burst into scenes of Hector trying to
get home the morning after the night before. Sorry, realised it was Clint
in the Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
What energy, what a set list, what an audience. From the onset of Creep,
every one went crazy but at the same time looked out for each other in the
front. Eddie seemed to enjoy having sweaty men pressed against him more
than the music but each to their own I suppose.
Couldn't fault the set selection at all. When Disposable Heroes kicked in,
the relief was evident that they were not going to play Master again. Not
that it is bad, but we have seen it, heard it and it was great to witness
Orion still gives that feeling that Cliff is there banging his head, Rob
does an amazing job on that one.
Hearing Justice for the first time in a few years was a great treat and
boy was that played with some passion. How about Shortest Straw next tour
Not being a huge fan of the Load / Reload era I was knocked back when
Memory was played, the crowd loved it and to be honest, I was singing away
to it when previously I had pencilled that one in for being a bar run.
"This is why we do what we do" emotionally announced James at the end.
Cheers James, we love it too mate!!
So after a very energetic end to the set, we get a little break to prepare
for the 4 song encore. As Sad was played third we were wondering what they
would play and what a great treat we got when the intro started to No Leaf
Clover. Brilliant song, played superbly.
A final treat of getting Whiplash rounded off by Seek, then the 'who can
get a pick the furthest' contest rounded off an amazing night. I have seen
some amazing shows over the years and was afraid this was a 'lets cash in'
mini-tour. It wasn't. They were fired up from the opening chord and kept
it going all night.
After a struggle to get on the train we were lucky to get to the kebab
shop in time for large doners and chilli sauce all round. What better way
to end the day? It was then back into Pat's red van and back home. Luckily
someone had left 87 feet in front of Steve's car so he could get it out in
Log number 2: Starski's account of the day
Having been inspired by the climate
change concert we saw the boys at the day before, we decided to set off
from Steve’s house in 3 cars rather than just the two we used the day
before (colour our world blackened…eeek) and set off down the A1 to
After a bit of road rage, Steve cutting
up his 5th car and forgetting to set the sat nav…again.. we were soon to
arrive in cannon’s park for steve to complete the trip with (as stu
describes so well) a clutch destroying exercise in how not to parallel
We take the tubular bell to Wembley and
start to queue up in various interchangeable locations (organization was
like a dog’s large intestine) hoping for a wristband for the pit. Finally
after an enjoyable 3-4h wait we were in and enjoying Mastodon from the pit
area. They were V.heavy.
Machine Head played a killer set and
Imperium started one of the most insane circle pits I’ve ever seen.
Hundreds of people circling round the pit area like a tornado of human
meat. The insanity continued after the set as Triggers recollection of
him trampling some weaker Mosher was rudely interrupted by a small glass
JD bottle… hitting him on the head and causing profuse bleeding….
Bastards. Trip to first aid room for him then.
The day turned to reflection.. food,
praying to the gods we didn’t get the entirety of M.O.P. again and seeing
Hector who I haven’t seen in years. ... Bloody hell he hadn't seen me hair
cut... from long to shorter...that was ages ago. Oh yeah and a band called
HIM played and were almost universally hated... Jesus.
Reflection lasted about 2 minutes when
the pure psychology of seeing your fav band live kicked in. We made our
way down early and got about 6th row for a killer set. The set list was
Creep killed any amount of residual
pussyness still in the air from the HIM show and Bellz pretty much gave me
a new frame of reference to the words 'heavy as F&*K'. Sad early was cool
and as Disposable kicked in, the air was lifted by the knowledge that the
whole of puppets was left back stage and still packed away.
Justice was amazing. Sorry but to all the
people who might think it was a bit long, or not a classic, go find a mans
arse cos that song is how it should be done.... sways of riffing and note
perfect soloing pleasuring the ear like an acoustic Reiki massage. Nearly
cried during Orion and Fade to Black did little to make me feel less
emotional. Puppets cleansed the emotional pallet like a brick through a
brand new Mercedes C-class, battery pummelled the crowd into a fit of
frenzy... there was no letting up tonight. The 1st real break came at this
juncture and when No leaf intro began to play... god I was in 7th
heaven... brilliant brilliant song. I loved this show it was my 25th I
bloody loved it.... classic 3 came, Whiplash and Seek finished off after
another brief interlude.... man o man I could not complain 1 bit.
We headed back at this point snaking
through the crowds like eels in a vat of KY, Mike nearly treating one
objector to the full RAF training in the face! Police enjoyed the display
Mike put on and congratulated him with a stern ticking off over his
We finally get to the cars and the usual
feed began. Steve does talk absolute dog shit to any proprietor of a kebab
establishment! “Make it big, big, I'm a big eater, put on lots of sauce”
Anyway brilliant day!
Off home we trot. Thank you Metallica.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
TheJohn's account of the day at Wembley.
I hope my employers will forgive me being
"ill" on Sunday but any trouble I may possibly get in was well worth it.
We left home about 10o clock ish and went to pick a mate who was coming
along. Of course cranking some sweet Metallica tunes on a mix CD i made
earlier in the day, blaring out to tell London metallica are coming to
tear them a new arsehole! Got to Wembley about one o clock and encountered
the first of some annoyances - the car parks did not open until three
hours before the first band came on so we had to go and sit outside a
shopping centre for an hour before parking but it was ok as we met up with
my mates daughter and boyfriend before they went in.
We parked the car in the first row of cars in the car park when they
opened which was the furthest from the exit as possible! but oh well. It
was twenty five quid to park your car or $50 in american money!
The stadium itself is very impressive. It is physically enormous and is
modern and clean in its looks while the place around it is a dump. (hey it
is London). Access by road was appalling as you had to drive through an
industrial estate with narrow roads.
We then wandered up to the main arena and got some merch which at 18 quid
for a shirt was better than the twenty it is usually at a gig. I got the
shirt with the pictures of the boys on which was pretty cool and that now
increases the number of Metallica shirts I own to a grand number of four.
Then the major mishap occurred. Ticketmaster printed the tickets with the
letter of your designated entrance on but put the wrong letter on our
tikets so we ended up having to join a huge queue to get on the pitch. We
only queued for about thirty five minutes though which was not too bad in
Went in and down onto the pitch and in true style we all had to eat some
of the grass poking up between the covers! Yeah I ate some Wembley Turf!
It was the first concert i have been to in a stadium and the sheer size
and scale of Wembley it breathtaking (well it is the largest covered
stadium in Europe).
Mastodon were up first and their brand of progressive metal was sadly let
down by dire sound which made them sound like a loud drone but it was a
good thirty minute opener even thought the crowd did not really react to
Bang on time Machine Head came on and played a shortened version of
Clenching the Fists of Dissent to open - gotta love the riff in that song
as well as Halo, Imperium, Old, Davidian and another i did not recognise.
I must say they were better than at Download with an improved sound and
they are always good to see.
Why HIM played i will never know (although I spose Metallica likes to take
rubbish bands on tour, just look at the support for the Summer Sanitarium
Tour 2000 - Korn, S.O.A.D., slipknot, Deftones)
Many took the time to visit the other facilities on offer. for starters
there were not enough toilets but at least they were clean and still new.
The food however was a rip-off, £6 for a pie or £3.90 for a plain old
hotdog, needless to say we waited until the end of the concert for some
In the build up for Metallica the people in the stands were doing Mexican
waves the entire way around the stadium which was pretty cool to see how
excited everyone was in anticipation. Eventually AC/DC "Its a long way to
the top" came on and we knew the boys were only moments away from coming
on. the Ecstasy of Gold intro tape is of course as spine tingling as ever.
First out the gate was the titanic Creeping Death which suffered some
technical gremlins as you could not hear kirks solo but they were quickly
banished and the boys then thrashed their way through a set of the hits
and some old stuff and rare gems like the Disposables, Orion and And
Justice for All sounding as good as when they were written.
A highlight was when Rob played his bass like the bongos treating us all
to some monster slap bass. Also the crowds singing on The Memory Remains
was so beautiful and James and Lars looked like they were going to cry. It
certainly tells me that the boys have turned over a new chapter and I am
sure they will go to new heights with the new album (which I am sure all
you doubters will be rather good)
The first encore saw gargantuan rendition of One and Enter Sandman were
amazing with some cool pyrotechnics but were small potatoes compared to
the balls to the wall back to back thrash attack of Whiplash and Seek and
Destroy. I was stoked to hear Whiplash after it was omitted from the first
time I saw them as it is in my opinion the greatest thrash metal song
After the end Lars promised a new tour along with the new album next year
so all I say is roll on 2008 cos I cant wait!
The concert was easily better than the first time I saw them by far and
anyone says they won't go and see them for whatever reason is missing out
and I would even say it was the best concert I have ever been to. Although
I must admit I have not been to a lot of them!
Come back soon boys we will miss you!