For the first time in their 30+-year career, METALLICA brought their earth-shattering live performance to China (on August 14th). NPR's The Record has posted a six-minute audio report on the band's first-ever visit to China, it can be heard via the audio player found here
Life-long fans from across the country descended upon Shanghai's Mercedes-Benz Arena for two sold-out nights. The first night sold out in record time and faster than any other Western act.
Cheers filled the arena as the audience of 10,000+ chanted along to band's lightning-fast riffs, aggressive vocals and pounding drums. With a set featuring some of Metallica's epic hits such as 'For Whom the Bell Tolls', 'Seek & Destroy and 'Enter Sandman', they ensured the concertgoers had the time of their lives. Metallica and their fans proved that music is truly a universal language; uniting the international superstars and their Chinese fans in a concert that was a dream of many for over 30 years.
"We didn't expect the energy that was being given to us would be so intense. We were very excited to see people singing the words, joining in and becoming part of the show; which is what we really love," remarked guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield.
"Tonight Metallica made music history and opened the doors of China to rock music," says Adam Wilkes, Senior Vice-President of AEG Live Asia, the promoter of the band's China shows; "It's an honor for AEG to be part of the band's long awaited China debut."
Fan-filmed video from Shanghai can be seen below: