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Date: 1999-04-12
Location: Honolulu, HI - United States [5 shows here]
Venue: Neal S. Blaisdell Arena [5 shows here]
Info: ReLoad Makeup Date
Fan reviews: 1 - Add yours!
Setlist: Yes
Where to start?? God, the whole thing started when we heard Metallica was finally coming back to Hawaii after 6 too damn long years! My friend ran her car off the road while trying to call me on our cell phones. That was a Tuesday morning and we waited till Saturday to stand in line at the buttcrack of dawn. The tickets weren't sold first come first serve, however and we all had to pick numbers from a big box. It was the stupidest thing I'd ever done. It worked out though and we got within 75 feet of the stage. We couldn't get floor seats but we ended up a little higher than stage level off to the right hand side. A good thing since we're both only 5 feet tall!!

We got there around 6 and threw back a few beers waiting for the gates to open. We got in around 7 or so, had to argue with a few of the securtiy guys, scoped out a few friends that were there and then Monster Magnet opened up around 7:30.

Monster Magnet were really good but we were antsy waiting for Hetfield and Company. I dunno, maybe at around 8:30 or so, Metallica swaggered out onto stage and the crowd went wild. From there on to the end it was one big highlight. I can't even begin to explain it... I haven't headbanged like that since I was in high school. I'm still sore, the evening after the concert.

Breadfan started and I could see from the people around me that not everyone had gotten the Garage Inc CD. This was no big surprise considering this is Hawaii where the radio stations run, arms flailing, from decent music. The rest of us were jakked and made up for those folks with our own enthusiasm. Next came Master Of Puppets and you'd have to be an idiot to not know this one! The crowd was singing along with Hetfield and I swear the Blaisdell Center was pulsing with the electricity of it all.

Right behind us, up in the nosebleed sections, some moron decided to get better seats and ran down the aisle to the railing and then tried to jump across the 6-8 foot space seperating the top sections with the lower sections. He missed his mark and plunged straight for the arena floor about 20 feet below. (The center is seperated between levels by empty spaces that look down onto the main concourse where the concessions and tshirts are sold when you first come in.) What a way to spend your concert! Spend 40 bucks for a ticket just to hear three songs and then end up in the hospital. Blaisdell is small- only holds about 5000. Not like the nose bleeds are even really bad seats. Anyway, we let the moron take up about 20 seconds of our time and then went back to the boys and their playing.

The pyros during Fuel had the crowd going nuts when the flames shot sky high around Lars. Like I said, too many highlights to even go into them all! It was the best concert I have been to in a long damn time!

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