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Now that the dust has cleared, the grassroots boycott campaign over the cost of ticket prices resolved and another Shavuot has gone by the boards, it’s time for… Metallica.
The hard rock giants, who last appeared in Israel back in 1999, are still riding on the wave of goodwill which that greeted their ninth album in 2007 – Death Magnetic – which fans saw as a return to their spunkier pre-millionaire rock star sound.
Well beyond the stage where they could put on a bad show, James Hatfield, Lars Ulrich and company are now consummate professionals, performing safe heavy metal for the masses. Nothing will be out of place, from the laser light show to the smoke screens, when the band takes the stage at Ramat Gan Stadium on Saturday night to play their 19 accumulated years of hits.
The World Magnetic Tour 2010 has already seen the superstars perform
throughout Europe and Asia, and from Israel they’ll carry on back to
the continent for a European invasion that will last into the summer.
we all know what to expect from Metallica, what may make the show
tomorrow night more interesting than seeing legends crank out the hits
(a la Elton John and Rod Stewart) are the worthy opening acts –
California power trio High on Fire and our own Middle Eastern
progressive metal cooperative Orphaned Land.
Hand picked by
Metallica to open the dates on their European tour, High On Fire has
been called “one the best live bands you will ever see” by The
, while The New York Times
stated following the release of their latest album Snakes for
, “It’s High on Fire’s moment – raise your flagons,
Orphaned Land, formed back in 1981, is one of the few
metal bands anywhere that combines Jewish piyyut and Arab folk music
motifs within their sound. Their 2004 album Mabool
depicted three sons (one for each Abrahamic religion) who try to warn of
a coming flood, and incorporates Yemenite chants and quotes from
biblical verses. Their latest album, this year’s acclaimed The
Never Ending Way of ORWarriOR
, features the Arabic Orchestra
of Nazareth, traditional Middle Eastern instruments such as saz, santur,
Arabian flutes, cumbus and bouzouki, and the keyboard and production
talents of Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson.
swirling musical onslaught, even the cool, collected Metallica may have
to work up a sweat.