Metal Moment – Frozen in Time #3 (Metallica 30th Anniversary)

Pic Mathias Nielsen

Typically the “Frozen in Time” series covers old school photos and rare memorabilia, however I thought I would highlight a recent event that took place at the Fillmore in San Francisco. In case you haven’t heard, METALLICA played four special 30th Anniversary shows with a stellar line up of guest musicians. Most notably were original guitarist Lloyd Grant (who was the guitarist on the Metal Massacre compilation), original bassist Ron McGovney (Hetfield’s childhood friend and roomie) and even guitarist Hugh Tanner who had never been on stage together.

Lloyd has never played live with the band, Ron (who was replaced by Cliff B.) hadn’t played with them for 29 years and Hugh was the peep who actually introduced James to Lars.

Jason Newsted was also invited [and showed up] to scream lead vox and thrash the bass on “Whiplash” and others. The main man himself — Dave Mustaine tore the place apart and hopefully buried the hatchet once and for all with the band.

And get this, the above icons (if that weren’t cool enough already) were not the only ones who participated. Here’s a run down of the other guests:

  • Bob Rock (of course he had to be invited, and played bass on some St.Anger era music)
  • Ozzy
  • Geezer Butler
  • Mark Osegueda (Death Angel)
  • Soul Rebels
  • Kid Rock (whatever)
  • Lou Reed (shoe in)
  • Rob Halford
  • John Bush (now you know what it would’ve sounded like)
  • Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains)
  • Danzig
  • Jim Martin (Faith No More)
  • Pepper Keenan (Down and Corrosion of Conformity)
  • Gary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  • Animal (Anti-Nowhere League)

*Sorry if I missed anybody, I am sure there were many others.

Robert Trujillo was probably the luckiest one of all. Can you imagine being in his shoes and getting to share the stage and jam with those legends?!

I am glad that METALLICA finally removed their head out of the sand and did something worthy for a change. Most of what they did at these shows was amazing! For example they played 77 different songs in the four set lists/nights.

Finally, they acknowledged their roots, their friends, and some their idols. It was reported that Lääz Rockit and Armored Saint were the opening bands even! Talk about a kick-ass “blast from the past.”

The only one missing was the late Cliff Burton, however there was a huge pic of Cliff on the screen at various times throughout the week when some of his friends reminisced and shared stories —I thought it was grand that the band finally played “To Live is To Die” and “Orion.”

Thank you Metallica for this truly amazing retrospective showcase.


*Click on any image to view the slide show. Use arrows to navigate

*All stills created from Mathias Nielsen’s You Tube footage.

One thought on “Metal Moment – Frozen in Time #3 (Metallica 30th Anniversary)

  1. Great report 🙂

    p.s. You represented Trujillo like an outsider, but he already played with Ozzy before Metallica 🙂

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