EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ- Mother’s Day is a day where we celebrate the women who have been there for us, supported us, and protected us. However, this past Sunday was not only a day that we celebrated our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and others. We also celebrated one of the greatest metal bands returning to New Jersey.
On May 14, 2017, Metallica, along with Volbeat and Avenged Sevenfold, made their long-awaited return to Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. After doing their first song or two, James Hetfield (lead singer and guitarist) announced that it has been eight years since they were last in Jersey and they didn’t disappoint.
Mike Bufis of Elmwood Park, 24, said that “it was one of the most killer shows I’ve been to. A great party with great tunes and great people.”
It all started with the Danish band, Volbeat. They are, somewhat, newcomers to the metal scene. Starting in 2001, they created their demo tape “Beat the Meat”, which sold 1,000 copies. From there, they got signed with Rebel Monster Records and created great albums like “The Strength/The Sound/The Songs” (2005), “Beyond Hell/Above Heaven” (2010), and “Seal The Deal and Let’s Boogie” (2016), which have sold in the tens-of-thousands.
They began with one of their latest singles “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” and went on to sing rockers like “Lola Montez” and “A Warrior’s Call”. They were supposed to play in Sayreville at Starland Ballroom on Tuesday, May 16th, but lead singer, Michael Poulsen’s, wife gave birth to their first child on Monday the 15th. They postponed it until July 17, 2017.
The next act was California hard rockers, Avenged Sevenfold. They were the only ones who acknowledged that Sunday was Mother’s Day as they took (one of) their masterpieces “Hail to the King” and changed it to “Hail to the Queen”.
Then last, but certainly not least, were the headliners. They have been rocking it and blowing out our eardrums for the past thirty years. Plus, for men in their fifties, they still know how to rock! Metallica opened to a roaring crowd ready to head bang and sing-a-long to every single song, whether it was an old one or new.
With the concert being at Metlife, the sound was atrocious. There were times I could not hear anyone singing, even though I could see they were. There were times the guitars and bass cut-out. However, if anything did happen to the sound, the fans would’ve had it covered. Whether young or old, new to Metallica or fans from the beginning, we sang along to every song. During “Sad But True”, “Master of Puppets”, and “Enter Sandman” (among others) we drowned out Hetfield.
John Hodorovych of Whippany, 31, said it best as it was “the concert of 2017 and a show that everyone will be talking about for years to come.”