Metallica impressed during their WorldWired Tour Thursday, February 28th, at the Don Haskins Center.

The last time I saw Metallica was during their Wherever We May Roam Tour back in 1992 at the Don Haskins Center. Twenty-six years later they still manage to amaze me. The band tapped into to new and old tunes, including a cover of El Paso by Marty Robbins, performed by Kirk Hammet and Robert Trujillo.

The buzz was undeniable, hordes of people flocked to the Don Haskins Center arriving early were long lines were quickly created. Before the band took the stage comedian Jim Breuer warmed up the crowd by trying to find the youngest and oldest fan in the venue.

Metallica’s staging was completely stripped down with compartments that neatly concealed pyrotechnics, drum risers, lighting, along with over 50 cubed TV screens that hung above the stage shifting up and down with flashing images throughout the show.

One memorable and most impressive moment took place during Metallica’s performance of Moth Into Flame with a drone lighting display. As the band played, a flight of small, light-up drones, rose from the stage in a coordinated circling dance hovering over the band and stage. It was both mesmerizing and beautiful. Apparently, according to taittowers.com, this is considered the world’s first autonomous indoor drone performance by a major touring band, which is pretty awesome, to say the least. Another notable moment took place during bassist Robert Trujillo’s solo – an ode to Metallica’s original bassist, Cliff Burton.

The crowd, young and old engaged by singing along to every tune, while some fans on the floor jumped into the mosh pit that ensued throughout the night.

After two hours the band took a quick step off stage before returning back for the final three-song encore which ended with their mega-hit, Enter Sandman.

Check out Metallica’s setlist, and picture gallery thanks to photographer extraordinaire Raul Martinez.

Brandon Coates