Remember When Metallica Rocked Hartford 33 Years Ago?
Hey Metal Heads! I was sifting through YouTube of Connecticut concert videos from the past and found a really nice one from 1989. Oh, yea, 1989, the year I graduated from high school, the year of Michael Keaton's Batman, Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing, Morgan Freeman was Driving Miss Daisy, my soon-to-be brother-in-law Andy was born, AND Metallica ROCKED the Civic Center in Hartford.
It was also the pre-"Black" album Metallica. Some might say, the pure, uncut, untarnished, Metallica, still fast, still mean, still partying HARD! This article is not to debate whether or not Metallica is better before the Black Album or not as good, or softer, or more commercial, or whatever. Just like certain parts of our anatomy, we all have an opinion, but that topic is really not what we are doing here. Here is Lars and Jimmy giving it the business recently in Vegas.
Back to what we were doing, checking out a righteous YouTube video of Metallica blowing the roof off the Civic Center in Hartford. The set list is unbelievable and no Black Album songs to be found, that's not a bad thing in my opinion. In the one hour and fifty-three-minute video, which is not bad at all considering it was 1989 technology, you see them torch through Blackened, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Harvester Of Sorrow, One, Seek And Destroy, Creeping Death, Fade To Black, a La Bamba Jam, and many more.
**Spoiler Alert** Recently the band's Master of Puppets was featured in Netflix's Stranger Things, and they were reportedly 'psyched' about it, and I am sure the check Netflix floated to them for its use didn't bounce.
Here's the video and a few nice shots from what had to have been a killer time and a killer concert. Thanks for checking it out and rock on Metallica Fans!