METALLICA FOR THE MILLENIUM
By Kenny Wardell
The night before last Sunday’s “Super Bowl 50” featuring the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers battling it out in the biggest NFL game of the year at Levi’s Stadium, some 45 miles south of AT&T Park in San Francisco, there was a major rock concert in our City By The Bay that you may have heard about. The great Bay Area heavy metal rock band Metallica performed before a sold-out crowd in the cathedral/temple/mosque/stadium built for the San Francisco Giants baseball team. 45,000 fans filled the Giants stadium seats and at least that many people were nuts-to-butts on the field in front of the stage. Safe to say, this was one of the biggest gigs Metallica had ever played before their home-town fans. This was the “Rock’n’Roll Super Bowl” in the city that Kirk Hammett was born in and where Metallica got their start in at the Old Waldorf on Columbus Avenue and The Stone on Broadway just a mile or so down the road.
CBS Radio’s third annual ‘The Night Before’ concert was an enormous success for Metallica and CBS. There was an extraordinary FREE live stream offering of the concert that had 5 Star quality audio and video. Downloads and CD’s of the concert are available at http:www.metallica.com. The show is 2.5 hours of the best-of-the-best Metallica songs of the 80’s and 90’s. The band sounded incredible. From my perspective, I think CBS did an outrageous job with their Super Bowl TV and radio broadcasts and with all their coverage of the events leading up to the game including ‘The Night Before Concert’ with Metallica.
BAMmagazine.com’s Chris Kentzell was in the photo pit for this incredible Metallica concert and his huge variety of images are made available exclusively right here!