Some of Metallica’s oldest fans will tell you the band has never been the same since bassist Cliff Burton was killed in a tour bus crash, and some die-hards will tell you they thought it was over for the band when they cut their long locks in the late ’90s but there’s no denying that they've never stopped riding the lightning. And Wednesday night’s show was no exception.
“I love this band,” former professional wrestler and Long Island local Mick Foley said before the show. “This is my first time seeing them here and I’m really excited.”
The band took their positions on the square stage in the center of the arena shortly after 9 p.m., entering to the western film classic, “Ecstacy of Gold.”
Frontman James Hetfield immediately addressed the roaring crowd with, “Strong Island, how do you feel?”
The band then kicked things off with, “Hardwired” and “Atlas, Rise!” from their new album, “Hardwired... to Self-Destruct” before running through classics “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” “Ride the Lightning” and “The Unforgiven.Read more at NYDailyNews