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Rock Am Ring Festival, Nurburgring, Germany, 03/06/06
  Some of the pictures below courtesy of  

Well after a long wait to get the Metallica boys back in the fold the news came through of another “escape from the studio” tour back in February. With immense excitement I text Cads at 2 in the morning to which he got his sticky arse out of his pit to see with his own eyes the excitement that awaited us for the summer. Phone calls between myself Cads, Steve, Starsky and Mikey ensued for the next few months until the full brace was confirmed for Rock am Ring festival 2006. We decided that this was a good plan as it meant we could enjoy a weekend of frolicking as well as a meaty Metallica gig to boot.

Me and Cads met Steve, Starsky and Mikey at Dover ready for our channel crossing on Starskys favourite mode of transport the ferris wheel. A smooth trip was enjoyed as me and Cads started letting the alcohol trickle down our throats. The journey was an enjoyable one with the 5 of us (mainly me) pissing off the rest of the coach in its entirety with our meaty Metallica mp3 blasting out and me, twatting meself over the head with an empty cola bottle that had previously contained traces of vodka.

As we arrived it was time for yours truly to recover. Once recovery was complete I met the others for a spot of beer, pizza and karaoke. It was great to have the Metallica world boys back and burning and a great way to start the weekend, it had been too long.

The Friday was more of a way of lubing us up ready for the treat that awaited us on the Saturday night. We had a look round the market stalls, enjoyed the hors d oeuvre of Starsky trying on merch…that would continue for the whole weekend without crossing the merch guys palm with gold once! We also enjoyed seeing the mighty Hetfields lovely guest appearance on Alice in Chains’ “Would?” after moments of speculation as to whether an appearance was imminent after we spotted him side if stage.

However, the main event was the focus of the weekend. As Saturday finally came the others spent the day on Saturday relaxing whilst I tried to determine whether I needed a shit or not before we headed for the barrier!! After a brief cat shit that was no more than a couple of ounces in weight we headed for the front and in similar fashion to the coach journey managed to piss of the crowd around us. Nevermind, what should they expect when the Tallica are soon to hit the stage. So after some sexy time, AC/DC’s “It’s a long way…” blasted over the PA followed by the never tiring “Ecstasy of Gold”.

As it was the first night of the tour we had no idea what to expect in terms of set list which made a nice change as usually we know what the band are playing before they do. They opened with Creeping Death which was not expected but was a perfect opener. It has every element you need for an opener to get the crowds semen flowing. The next few songs contained no surprises, however the moment we’d all been waiting for. The rumour was true, the speculation as to why there was a Master of Puppets t shirt for sale that weekend with the current tour dates…


Wow, what a fucking treat, an amazing experience to see them perform the album in its entirety for the first time, although the whole album is amazing as we’re all aware, my favourite moments had to be the trio of Disposable Heroes , Leper Messiah and Orion. Coupled with the visuals that the band has included for this treat was a perfect Metallica treat. The remainder of the set was as monstrous as the beginning. The band seemed to be having great fun, in particular James who I don’t think I’ve ever seen smile as much during one gig. They sounded great and everything seemed to be in place for them, no sign of cobwebs formed since the end of the “Madly in Anger…” tour. They played everything with such precision that it was literally flawless, they never fail to impress and have such command on the stage and over the crowd. Seek and Destroy rounded things off in a perfect fashion with the biggest sing a long of the weekend.

We spent Sunday going over what a great gig it was with a few beers and wiener schnitzels. We headed back to the festival site but it’s never the same when you’ve ultimately seen what you came for. However we made the most of it and enjoyed some table football using a piece of paper and helping Starsky get a piece of meat from out of his oesophagus we headed back to the hotel for Steve to avoid buying another round.

The journey back wasn’t as loud as the outbound but me and Steve enjoyed challenging each other to some Metallica song order/set list competitions whilst at the same time mulling over what had been a great weekend.

Cheers to Cads, Steve, Starsky and Mikey for making it a fucking quality and memorable weekend, here’s to the next!!!

Oliver Smith 2006 (Only took him 3 months to do it this time!)


Set List

Creeping Death
Wherever I May Roam
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Fade to Black
Master of Puppets
The Thing That Should Not Be
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
Disposable Heroes
Leper Messiah
Damage, Inc.
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Sad But True
Nothing Else Matters
Enter Sandman
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Last Caress
Seek and Destroy



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