Have You Seen Metallica Every Time They’ve Been Here?
They've been here 7, soon to be 8, times. Here's a rundown of Metallica's Borderland visits.
The tour for the followup album, "Ride The Lightning", brought Metallica to a bar ... yep, a bar ... on El Paso's east side. Check out the pics! It was called The Big Apple and Armored Saint opened. (Don't look for it, it's long gone.)
The next 2 visits took place in the Don Haskins Center. With Queensryche as the opening act, they played there on the ...And Justice For All Tour around '89 and came back ... alone ... on the "Metallica" tour in '92.
Shortly after that, they returned to NMSU, (Aggie Memorial Stadium), with Faith No More and Guns And Roses. Metallica volunteered to go on before G n R for these shows. They knew that taking their rightful place as headliners would leave them at the mercy of Axl Rose's behavior. In those days he was a mess so, Metallica chose to get their licks in before any G ‘N’ R nonsense ruined the evening!
Around '97, it was back to Cruces with Korn as support to play their biggest, custom designed stage and production setup yet. (The "accident" segment was awesome! Watch it in this NSFW video.) These were the "Load/Re-Load" days and a lot of people missed it.
A freak snowstorm brought El Paso and Las Cruces to their knees that day. I-10 was closed, in both directions, almost all the way to Colorado. 28 through Mesilla was treacherous but, that's how my friend and I ... and a few other brave souls ... made it. Afterwards, highways were still closed, every hotel room in Las Cruces got booked and many were forced to spend the night in the Pan Am center.