Metallica rock fan favourites

Metallica rock fan favourites
Metallica’s James Hetfield (left) and lead guitarist Kirk Hammett performing at the Changi Exhibition Centre on 24 August 2013.

American metal juggernauts Metallica are exactly that kind of act, one that can draw fans of rock music in all its genres and subgenres to the sprawling Changi Exhibition Centre grounds.

The massive gig, in a venue usually reserved for mega events such as the Singapore Airshow, was undoubtedly one of the grandest rock spectacles in recent history. There were no flashy stage set-ups, no pyrotechnics, not even the wall of amplifiers usually seen in a typical rock show. Sure, the two-tiered stage was massive, as befitting one of the world's best-selling bands, but it was pretty much bare, save for the gigantic LED screens at the back and the sides.

What the crowd came for, and Metallica dished out in a show spanning 21/2 hours, were their songs - the crushing thrash-metal masterpieces that the band have been performing since they formed 32 years ago.

Frontman James Hetfield might not have the flashy charisma of, say, Queen's Freddie Mercury nor the swagger of The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger, but he does have a commanding presence bolstered by forceful vocals and a bagful of genre- defining rhythm guitar riffs.

Fellow founder Lars Ulrich is one of those drummers not content with just holding down the beats at the back but has as much presence as the frontman.

Lead guitarist Kirk Hammett lived up to his reputation as one of metal's most prominent guitarists, fingers flying all over the frets of his assortment of guitars in speedy and searing solos.

Newest member and bass player Robert Trujillo, the only one among the four who did not play on all of their 10 albums, was the one with the fancy moves, doing his signature, crab-like walk and helicopter spins with bass in hand.

It is clear that the band's following here has gotten bigger over years. When they last played here 20 years ago at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, their first time here, they pulled about one-quarter of Saturday's crowd.

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