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Parc Des Princes, Paris France 23/06/2004

 

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Meet and Greet

 

After the cancellation of the meet and greet at Donington (Due to obvious reasons, rehearsing new drummers etc) I thought my dream would never be realised, however, Metallica’s most awesome fan club gave us people an opportunity to meet the band if we were going to another show on the tour, luckily I was, to Gay Paree, which brings us up to speed. 

With a sexual and meaty amount of Metallicaworld in tow with me, Steve, Ed, Cads and Hector arrived at the venue having spent a day in the heart of Paris. After a few stressful moments thinking I wouldn’t make the Meet and Greet in time, my fears were squashed when we arrived at the Met Club stand to be greeted by none other than our friend Matthijs. After a substantial wait it was time for our names to be checked off on the list, after slight confusion as to why my name wasn’t on there all became clear when I explained that I was a Donington meet and greet winner (or as Lars later joked, A Download reject!!!). Once we all had our meet and greet passes (not as sticky as I’d like really, although to be fair I still would have been worried about it flying off if it had been sewed on!!) we made our to the backstage area where we stood in a corridor in a row. At this point I was so excited yet very nervous, I was shaking quite a bit which is weird for someone like me as usual I’ll stay calm in such situations.

After a short wait, Rob was the first to come out, he was a great guy, I welcomed him to the Metallica family, which he seemed grateful for, although to be fair I think a few thousand people make him feel pretty damn welcome every gig they play!! We had a chat about the Donington show and other stuff and posed for a few photos. He signed the stuff I wanted signed and he moved on down the line. I was still shaking, it is very difficult to maintain calmness when you’re looking into your idols’ eyes and shaking their hands, it is quite surreal. The next person down the line was James, for this I was now very scared, I’ve admired James greatly over the years and now was my time to actually meet him. He was, again, a really, really nice guy, good fun and really friendly, to be 100% honest, I can’t remember the specifics of the conversation, in a way it all felt like a bit of a dream, but we chatted about the tour and Donington and the inclusion of Rob in the band, it was absolutely amazing to meet him, something I shall never forget. The next person I met was Kirk who was a really, really top man, a really calm person, again we chatted about some stuff, the tour, about how much he enjoyed playing with Joey and Dave at Donington. It felt like I’d met Kirk before in a way, he was really open and friendly. 

After this there was a gap of about 45 mins while we waited for Lars! We were informed he was on his way but he kept bumping into friends!! Good ol’ Lars. When he finally came out he was cracking jokes with people and generally having a lot of fun. When he came to me we had a good chat and I asked him if it was possible to play a couple of songs, my requests were No Leaf Clover and I Disappear. To this he replied that this wouldn’t be a problem. After signing my stuff and posing for a photo (which didn’t come out perfect due to the fact that I was half way through explaining to the guy taking the photo how to use my camera when the snap was taken) he continued down the line. I found Lars the easiest to meet, not to say that the others were at all difficult because they weren’t but something about Lars’ enthusiasm was admirable. Another thing I should add that I found extraordinary was that when you spoke to the band, you were the only person in the world to them at that moment, no-one else, just you, it made the whole experience more special and more meaningful. 

The Show 

This show was the seventh time in a year that I have seen the tallica, which has been amazing because I have been able to see them evolve and turn into a well oiled touring machine, the set was as tight as ever, Blackened, the finest Metallica opener, followed by a high octa-y-ne Fuel firmly kicks your ass. The highlights of the show for me was when they played I Disappear, one of the songs I had requested, Lars spotted me in the crowd and was singing the lyrics towards me, and at the end of the song he came out from behind his drum kit half way across the stage and was pointing at me with his metal face on, fucking amazing, he did this also at the end of No Leaf Clover, this time he was looking at me with a face that said “ha, ha, there you go, I said we play them!!” This was absolutely amazing, my most amazing Metallica experience, the fact that they played the songs, the fact that Lars even spotted me in the crowd, the fact that he was giving out the love towards me…incredible. Absolutely unbelievable, as Steve said when he met them at Rock Am Ring, I’m not sure if I’ll ever get the same experience from a Metallica show all rolled into one ever again. Just as I’m thinking that they finish off their blistering set with an unexpected by huge duo of Dyers Eve (FUCK!) and the metal singsong that is Seek and Destroy. A massive thank you to Metallica for being amazing people and playing a monster of set (With my requests in there!!) and to Cads, Steve, Ed and the Hectorial for an amazing trip to Paris. 

CHEERS TO METALLICAWORLD ON TOUR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(I shouldn’t neglect to say a big thank you to Robert Reisinger of the Fan Club for looking after us in Paris, after we helped him count ticket stubs from the show for Metallica’s accountant, by giving us plectrums, set-lists etc, and also to be able to see Rob Trujillo walking down the same corridor on his way to the after-show party, just when I thought I would never be that close to Metallica ever again!!!! Cheers Rob Reisinger)

Olly Smith 2004

 

Set List

Blackened
Fuel
Sad But True
Fade To Black
Frantic
Holier Than Thou
I Disappear
Wherever I May Roam
St. Anger
Creeping Death
Battery
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No Leaf Clover
Nothing Else Matters
Master of Puppets
One
Enter Sandman
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Dyers Eve
Seek And Destroy

 

 

 

 

 

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