Concert Reviews

Metallica at Outside Lands: The five best parts of the band's hometown show in San Francisco

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Christopher Victorio
Metallica at San Francisco's Outside Lands festival.

METALLICA @ OUTSIDE LANDS FESTIVAL | 8/11/12

The following is a dispatch from Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco, from our sister paper, SF Weekly.

Metallica, headlining Saturday night of the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, proved just about as huge and satisfying and powerful as Metallica can be in 2012. With a greatest-hits setlist, a small war's worth of explosives and pyrotechnics, and a huge meadow of fans shouting along, the biggest heavy metal band in the world showed that not only can it win over casual listeners and non-fans, but that it's at its best when trying to do so. Compared to Metallica's four intimate and indulgent 30th Anniversary shows at the Fillmore last year, the more than two hours of outright rampage last night felt like a well-edited tour de force.

See also: - More Outside Lands Festival news from SF Weekly- David Ellefson of Megadeth: "We had punk attitude with metal chops" - Charlie Benante is looking ahead rather than reflecting on Anthrax's thirtieth anniversary - Trace Bundy on the impact of YouTube, rocking a mullet and getting his start playing metal

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Ian S. Port is a regular film contributor at Voice Media Group and its film partner, the Village Voice. VMG publications include LA Weekly, Denver Westword, Phoenix New Times, Miami New Times, Houston Press and Dallas Observer.