Photo: ATS Photography On Friday night, the legendary Metallica took to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, marking the group’s first show in Massachusetts in eight years. Massachusetts was the fifth stop in Metallica’s WorldWired Tour in support of the Californian band’s tenth studio album, Hardwired To Self-Destruct—a double-album that was released last November and features twelve new songs that pick up right where 2008’s Death Magnetic left off. (The deluxe edition also features a third disc with over a dozen live recordings from various shows).12-Year-Old Son Of Metallica’s Robert Trujillo Debuts With Korn For South American Tour [Videos]Compared to the original all-thrash metal band they used to be, the band’s recent music displays an overall more balanced sound that lends itself to broader audiences, seemingly resulting in more album and concert ticket sales. Undoubtedly, Hardwired To Self-Destruct was a huge commercial success, debuting at #1 on Billboard 200 and taking the title of best-selling metal album of the year. Surprisingly, it was also the third largest album debut of all of 2016, proving that metal is certainly not dead. On the contrary, it is alive and well, reiterated by the boisterous Boston crowd that gathered at the New England Patriots’ home turf on Friday evening.Metallica Released Eleven New Music Videos Yesterday [Watch Them All]The show started with two songs off their new album, title track “Hardwired” and “Atlas, Arise!” before dropping into the classic “For Whom the Bell Tolls” off of the 1984 album Ride The Lightning. Metallica played three tunes from the band’s sophomore album, which went six times platinum and had a profound effect on the metal scene in America and across the globe. The remainder of the setlist weaved between hits of old and new and gave fans from all generations a solid representation of their discography. The band also played five songs from the self-titled album Metallica, often referred to as the “Black Album,” which features the infamous songs “Enter Sandman” and “Nothing Else Matters,” both of which have become staples in Metallica sets over the years.Watch Metallica, Jimmy Fallon, and The Roots Perform “Enter Sandman” With Classroom InstrumentsIn a time where our nation seems to be more divided than ever, we are fortunate to have the often-thrashing and always-emotive music of Metallica to provide a soundtrack that allows us to let our aggressions in a socially acceptable way. That seemed to be the uniting theme as lead singer James Hetfield addressed the crowd: “It doesn’t matter how old you are, where you come from, what religion you follow, who you voted for. If you are here, you are Metallica Family.”If you ever had any doubt at how uniting this message can be, just look at the list of stadiums across North America that Metallica have been jam-packed with fans in black T-shirts and ripped jeans. Despite the “angry asshole” stigma metal fans sometimes get, the community showed its true colors Friday night, coming together and head banging to music new and old in complete harmony. It inspires hope in humanity to see sweaty tatted-up dudes in the mosh pits, helping each other of the ground and holding up lost wallets, phones, watches, and missing shoes—lots and lots of missing shoes. An occasional flying cup of ice cooled the crowd whether they liked it or not. On the way out of the gates, it was nothing but high-fives and hugs. The ‘Metallica Family’ is alive and well.Check out the complete set list below, along with the full photo album from photojournalist Adam Straughn (ATS Photography).Setlist: Metallica | Gillette Stadium | Foxborough, MA | 5/19/17Hardwired, Atlas, Arise!, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Fuel, The Unforgiven, Now That We’re Dead > Full Band Drum Solo, Moth Into Flame, Wherever I May Roam, Halo On Fire > Kirk Hammet Solo > Rob Trujillo Solo (Chris Cornell Tribute), Motorbreath, Sad But True, One, Master of Puppets, Fade to Black (‘Eye of the Beholder’ intro), Seek & DestroyE: Fight Fire with Fire, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman (‘Frayed Ends of Sanity’ outro)[cover photo image by Josh Skolnik / Adam Straughn] Photo: ATS Photography Load remaining images
Commentary by Tracy McCue â€” Five Cueball thoughts for Sunday, Jan. 5, 2013. I’m releasing this week’s column a day early because of thought #3 – my NFL playoff predictionsâ€¦. 4. Ughâ€¦The other day I wrote an in-depth wrestling story and someone on the comment section said they would prefer to read in-depth articles about music, drama, academics etc.I’m not sure how else to explain this. But the reason sports receive more attention than drama, academics, etc. is because sports are news event and it interests a significant number of my readers. Athletics are always evolving. I’m not sure how going into a high school chemistry class and writing a story about what happened there would generate that much interest. To be fair, I don’t cover athletic practices, either.Sports are event driven. It has nothing to do with placing athletics over academics. If I didn’t cover sports, would I have more stories on academics? Probably not. It’s a stupid apple vs. orange comparison.Now there are plenty of academic news stories on this site if you choose to look for it. We hope to have a story on the latest status of the honors classes at WHS soon. I also hope to have a feature over the new band instructors. We are always willing to publish scholarship news. Just e-mail us your latest academic news here at [email protected] 1. New Year’s resolutionâ€¦I love writing year-end wrap-up stories. But I’ve noticed the older I get, the more I forget what actually happened over the past year. So I peruse my own site gathering stories over the 12 month period that seem worthy of mentioning again.I find the exercise therapeutic, because you look at stories from a completely different perspective. At the time, these stories seem majorly important. But you distance yourself with time and they are usually not. They become more amusing or mundane – especially those silly kind of controversies that have a shelf life of three days before people forget all about them.So for this year, my New Years resolution is to let bygones be bygones. I’ll try not to get so hung up on the irritation of the moment, because it sure won’t be that important in the future.Like most New Years Resolutions this will probably fall by the wayside. But focusing on improving my mental health seems like a worthy goal. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +12 Vote up Vote down Dee Shively · 344 weeks ago Tracy, I just read your Sunday Blog, and can certainly relate to this sentence: So for this year, my New Years resolution is to let bygones be bygones. I’ll try not to get so hung up on the irritation of the moment, because it sure won’t be that important in the future. I am going to share a story with you. I heard this either on the radio or on television. The director of the Wichita Civic Theater was being interviewed a couple of days before the opening night of the play. The interviewer mentioned that he had heard that the leading lady had broken her leg and it was debatable whether she would be allowed to take to the stage. Also, that the set was yet to be completed. The interviewer then asked whether those issues were worrisome to the director. The director’s response was that the leading lady might be on stage, but using crutches. Or if the doctor would not release her to that, then he, the director, would be on the stage in drag holding a script in his hand. He went on to state that there was not a budget for understudies for the actors. Concerning the set, he said it would either be finished or they would put on the play with a partially finished set. Then he finished with, “But no one is dying on the beaches.” The interviewer asked about that rather out-of-context statement and the director explained. He said that he had been a Marine in Viet Nam and had seen his buddies die on beaches. He decided then, that all further life’s irritations and problems would be weighed against those moments. If no one’s life was going to be changed, he would not let the situation upset him much. Well, after hearing that story over twenty years ago, I have trained myself to not let the mundane irritations bother me much. I might notice them, but I do not dwell on them. I am not the center of the universe and the world does not operate on my schedule, by my mores, or necessarily to my benefit. But, it’s okay. Once in a while there are life changing things happening, and then it is okay for me to take serious action. Hope this might help you keep your New Year’s resolution. Report Reply 0 replies · active 344 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 3. My predictionsâ€¦Ok, since I did so well with the college bowl predictions (ha, ha), let’s see if I can spread my ineptitude to the pros.I’m going to be simple with these predictions and predict all home teams will win through the playoffs. Mind you I’m writing this on Saturday morning so by the time you read this I may be already completely wrong.There will not be one playoff road warrior in 2014.It will start this week with the Colts, Eagles, Bengals, and Packers being victorious – only to see them lose the next week to the Broncos, Patriots, Seahawks and Panthers. Seahawks and Broncos will then battle for the conference championships and come out winners.It will come down to the Super Bowl in New York. The weather will be unseasonably warm and Manning will come in and lead Denver with a last-minute touchdown drive that ends with him hitting Wes Welker on a 10-yard slant in the end zone for a 35-33 victory. Manning goes home with a Super Bowl ring and promptly signs up for another five years with the Broncos. General manager John Elway with his buck front teeth will smile widely.Hey it’s my predictions, not yours. 2. Trouble selling-outâ€¦NFL playoff football is upon us, and I love it. This year’s playoff is especially intriguing in that both of my favorite teams, the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs are in the playoffs. I also love the fact most of the playoffs games are being played in cold weather – unless it involves Peyton Manning, who seems to play like he wants to hurry up and get back to the locker room to get some hot chocolate when it gets under 30 degrees.I read an article on Yahoo.com the other day that said the NFL is having problems selling out the playoff games, including Green Bay, where the season ticket waiting list is so long that Milwaukee could be blown off the face of the earth with a nuclear explosion and you still wouldn’t be up for the next available ticket.There’s a simple explanation for this. It’s cold! I like watching football players fight for their NFL lives in Arctic conditions as long as I’m watching it on my big screen television in the confines of my home wrapped in a blanket with the fire going and my utility heating bill going through the roof because I want nothing to do with the outdoors.Let’s see, the NFL is asking people in Green Bay, Philadelphia and Cincinnati to shell out $100-plus for tickets to watch a game in -20 degree-like temperatures. Some of these fans will have to drive several hours to get to the stadium. Once they get there, they will have to find a place to park costing them an extra $50â€¦ Then there is that long walk to the stadium in -20 degree weather and trying to find their seats. Then fans will pay $10 for a hot dog and another $10 for each overpriced beer consumed.There’s potential of having to sit next to a lout who is either so drunk he doesn’t know how cold it is, or he’s cheering for the other team.What makes matters worse, what if the home team loses? Then the poor saps have to leave depressed, find their cars again, fight other ticked off drivers in excruciating traffic and get home after midnight â€” only to get up early the next day to go to work and endure bosses and co-workers. Chances are the poor saps have spent over $500 each for the experience.I think staying home and watching the game on TV is not a bad alternative. Even if we have to listen to Phil Simms. 5. Shout out of the weekâ€¦This week’s shout out goes to Father time who is bringing us back to the grind of everyday life. I love Christmas break, but I’m also glad it’s over. There is something comforting to normal working hours, normal school activities, and normal routine.