memories of Donnington 1995 my first Metallica gig.
This was my first
Metallica gig I can't really remember much about the day. I can just
about remember Machine Head and Slayer. I knew I wanted to be down at
the front to see Metallica close up. This was the first festival I had
been to, so was not really prepared for the crush. As I got closer to
the front during the period when we were waiting for the band to come
on, I remember being so thirsty, people were passing round bottles of
brown water which we all gulped down (yuk!!) The band opened with the
"Shit Hits The Sheds" "Attention party goers I'm afraid
Metallica wont be making it tonight fuck you Breadfan" (or
something very similar) Breadfan had kicked in before I had seen any of
the band. I was on the right hand side of the stage in front of the
snake pit. As soon as the band came on the whole crowd seemed to fall
over, people were swaying around unable to stand up. I just pushed
forwards until I was a few rows from the front where things were a
little calmer although allot more crushed. Within seconds of Breadfan
starting I saw the band for the first time live towering above me.
During Breadfan most people in the crowd near me did not seem to recognize
the song. The set was very similar to the Shit Hits The Sheds Tour, I
had a couple of bootlegs from this tour so had a good idea of the tracks
that would be coming up. Disposable Heroes, Harvester of Sorrow and The
God That failed were all highlights for me. The concert went by in a bit
of a blur, I can remember being dragged along way by the crowd and spent
quite a lot of time without my feet actually touching the floor. The
concert seemed to go very fast but it took every last bit of energy from
me. By the end I was absolutely exhausted and ended up just lying on the
people in front of me, unable to support my own body weight properly. I
think I ended up on the third row so had a fantastic view of the show.
At the end of the show I knew I needed to be on the front row at the
next Metallica gig I would go to. It was a fantastic experience and I
could not wait to see the boys again live.