FEQ50: The Love Story Continues Between Québec City and Metallica

FEQ50: The Love Story Continues Between Québec City and Metallica

Review by Nathalie Peron

Québec City (Québec) July 14th, 2017, Festival d’été de Québec, scène Bell –The Plains played host to the latest chapter in the love story between Metallica and Québec City, a love story that tracks back to 1985 where they first performed at the Salle Albert-Rousseau in the Ste-Foy area of the city. Whether you are a fan or not of the type of music, the love shared between Québec’s fans and the band is both unmistakeable and undeniable.

Presently on their World Wired Tour, Metallica quickly delved into the new material from their tenth studio album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct released in November 2016. Most of these new songs played were already known; Moth Into Flame, for example, had people singing along to it. Now That We’re Dead had a special twist with an all cast drum solo on giant Taiko drums.

Later on, Hammett (lead guitar) and Trujillo (bass) shared a solo break, which lead to Trujillo’s bass solo where he paid homage to the band’s first bassist Cliff Burton by playing Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth), to the delight of the fans who had probably never heard it live, ever. Fireworks and impressive laser play were brought out for the classic One, the laser play covering the whole of the Plains. And after having “sought” and “destroyed”, the band was called back for the encore. They surprised the audience with Fight Fire with Fire and moved on to Nothing Else Matters and Enter Sandman because the show wouldn’t be complete without these two songs from their legendary black album. This closed off the show after a two-hour performance.

Opening for Metallica was Voivod, renowned metal band hailing out of Jonquière, Québec, glorified throughout the metal music world as pioneers and praised by many, and critics alike, as one of the most influencing metal bands.

They are a fan favorite in Québec and a point of pride for many. Unfortunately, that was not really reflected in their performance; the sound was harsh and much too loud, so much so that individual instruments, as well as the vocals, were utterly lost in the miasma. And the band members also didn’t sound as though they were on the same page, sometimes, as though each member was doing their own thing and not paying attention to what was going on.

Unfortunately, it was not a good start to the show, but people stuck around for the main event, and were more than adequately recompensed.

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About Author

Nathalie Peron

Naturalized Quebec City citizen, Nathalie has studied in literature and as a paralegal, the latter stemming a career she has strived in for the past 10 years, notably in workers’ compensation cases. Artistically inclined, she has acted in amateur theatre for 25 years and has lately added singing to her amateur CV. She now stretches her professional wings to writing, both corporate and creative texts, hoping to meld both her artistic and legal personalities.

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