preview, Screen on the Green, Islington, London 24,08,2004
||James and tat
||Signed pic 2
||The crew with
|In the tube
Some Kind Of Monster -
Islington Screen On The Green
Stand up Mr. Ollie "Fritz" Smith. You absolute BEAUTY!
You can never beat getting the call informing you of a fresh morsel of
Metallica news. Especially when it involves the words Some Kind Of Monster
and London Preview. When Ollie booked tickets for us to be privy at a
one-off screening preview in the compact Screen On The Green in Islington,
London, the Metallica embers started to glow healthily once again.
Fuel was added to the fire with the confirmation that we would be meeting
up with a stesh of the MetWorld chapter in the city before the event.
Myself and Ollie arrived in London at about half four and after a few
calls we met up with our uncle Steve & Hectorial in the prestigious
Leicester Square...sadly not where the S.K.O.M. preview was being held.
We jumped on the tube and headed to Islington. This is where we
would be joined by Stuart & Warren.
A collection of fans were loitering out side the compact venue. We
collected out tickets and swapped a few words with our fellow patrons
outside before being ushered in and taking our seats. The capacity
was only about 300 which made this preview even more special.
Producer Joe Berlinger was present tonight and personally introduced the
film to a rapturous round of applause. He would also be hanging
around after for a Q&A session. Very impressive.
The film itself is very difficult to describe as it doesn't have a story
or a plot. It starts in the era of Jason leaving and follows events
right up to the beginning of the St. Anger tour in the summer of 2003.
The issues covered range from being amusing to down right scary. It
brings home how close things came for Metallica to go their separate ways.
James and Lars' difference of opinions grow into some savage scenes.
Rehab, home life, the new album, Dave Mustaine, Napster and the finding of
Jason's replacement. It's all there and cumulates with the band being
back, stronger than ever and going back on the road with St. Anger .
The closing are scenes almost as good as being at a gig. James
psyching up during The Ecstasy Of Gold before hitting the stage. It
sums up the film perfectly. A family re-united and ready to get back to
Over two hours later the film drew to a close and we were treated to a
Q&A session with Joe. He opened up his mind and heart and talked
freely with us for a good half hour. We then went on to meet him and
get some fliers signed and photos taken.
We were treated to some sexy, urban escalator surfing by Hec on the way
back into the heart of the city. This is where we went our separate
ways. Myself and Fritz settled in for a few beers back in Leicester
Square before making for the last train back to reality.
In all the S.K.O.M. experience was amazing. It gave me a better
understanding of Metallica and an insight into some of the stories that
were flying about a few years ago. Ollie and Steve were made up as
footage from the MTV Rock am Ring gig was featured, gifting the audience
to a few shots of them showing front row commitment.
Bring on the DVD release as it looks like being a real treat with some
horny extra footage.
As always, it was great to be back in the fold with the MetWorld guys.
Friday October 1st............. do yourself a favour and get yourself a
ticket for Some Kind Of Monster. You will not be left disappointed.
Order of Events
Introduction by Joe Berlinger
Some Kind Of Monster plays
Questions and Answers with Joe Berlinger
Meet and Greet with Joe Berlinger