Metallica Brings the Concert Experience Back to Classic Light with the Drive-In At Ventura County


California legends known only as Metallica, decided to perform LIVE the first time in a while actually, except instead of performing to a crowd of on lookers of fans far and wide; they would perform to an assortment of fans far and wide within the comfort of their automobiles? Indeed true, Metallica would go on the route of doing a Drive In Concert experience by Encore Drive-In Nights. Opening for them would be Canadian rockers Three Days Grace.

Happening at the end of the month of August practically, Saturday August 29th 2020, across numerous Drive In Theaters, cars aligned the streets, fans eagerly awaiting their entry into the venue of their choice. Mine would be one out in Ventura, California, at the fairgrounds complex. This performance being a one night showing not at 8PM like many other Drive In locations but this one being at 11PM.

Arriving around 9:45PM cars were let in, aligning outside, at around after 10PMish cars slowly began pulling inside, parking in their spots, the vehicle of choice for me, would enter the venue after 10:30PM, finding its place close to show time at 11PM. The actual show not officially starting until sometime later, around 11:15-20PMish, where Three Days Grace would perform about a twenty minute set. Their setlist consisting of old and new material, including a cover track. All of their works being well played by the band, whilst their new frontman vocalist doing good but could have been just a tad better. Him replacing their former frontman Adam was a disappointment to say the least, as he had more emotion to the songs, as this new guy just gives it his all and that's about it. The band did do good though.

After their set was Metallica of course, them having a brief introduction of sorts, where it would then lead on into their extensive 16-track setlist, containing of all the fan favorites, “For Whom the Bell Tolls”, “Creeping Death”, “Sad But True”, “Master of Puppets”, and “Enter Sandman”, as well as many others, each capturing the essence of fans, and their accompanying party and vehicles. Loads of horn honking, cheers, and shouts rang out throughout the band’s entire performance really. Each of Metallica’s tune’s being sung clearly, with a very intense yet vivid stage set-up. Their performance was set in what was a grassy field, starting at dusk long into the darkened night.

All in all though, Metallica did a superb job of a performance, one that had them quite pleased with those who came out, and with themselves, being surprised at what they were able to do in the time of a pandemic and the year that was 2020.

SETLIST:

1. Hardwired to Self Destruct
2. For Whom The Bell Tolls
3. Fuel
4. Seek and Destroy
5. Creeping Death
6. One
7. Now That We’re Dead
8. Sad But True
9. Moth Into Flame
10. The Unforgiven
11. Wherever I May Roam
12. Fade To Black
13. Master Of Puppets
14. Battery
15. Nothing Else Matters
16. Enter Sandman

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