Metallica Rock Quebec City

Metallica Rock Quebec City

Main pic: Metallica’s James Hetfield at the Centre Vidéotron, Wednesday 16 September, 2015. Photo credit: Patrick Dubois.

Robert Trujillo, Metallica. Centre Vidéotron, Quebec City, Weds 16 Sept, 2015. Photo credit: Patrick Dubois.

Robert Trujillo, Metallica.
Centre Vidéotron, Quebec City, Weds 16 Sept, 2015.
Photo credit: Patrick Dubois.

When it comes to music events we’re spoilt in Quebec City, big names want to play here, come here often and they’re always appreciated.

Wednesday 16th September 2015 was no exception with the first ever concert at Quebec City’s newest venue.

Quebec’s adopted favourite American sons, otherwise known as thrash metal heavyweights Metallica, came back to the region to close down the Colisée Pepsi and open the new arena.

The world class Centre Vidéotron hosted an emotional opening night for sports fans this past weekend when the Quebec Remparts faced off against Rimouski Oceanic in their 2015/2016 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League home opener.

Now though, it was time for music courtesy of one of the world’s biggest heavy metal bands.

They have a huge following in Quebec and they love playing in the region.

The respect and appreciation shown between Californian band members James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett & Robert Trujillo and their legion of fans in this part of North America is clearly mutual.

20,000 of the faithful packed into the arena to witness their heavy metal heroes musically baptise the venue.

Time for a new dawn – the Colisée Pepsi is on its last legs, it’s had its day.

Around an hour or so into their set, with the Centre Vidéotron sound system being tested to capacity and the crowd in a state of contented delirium, lead singer James Hetfield begged the question ‘Has the new arena passed the test?’

A resounding YES came the reply.

The difference between the acoustics in the Colisée Pepsi and Centre Vidéotron is akin to comparing chalk with cheese.

He continued ‘We’re delighted to be here tonight, a new era has begun. One chapter has ended and we’re opening another.’

Kirk Hammett, Metallica. Centre Vidéotron, Quebec City, Weds 16 Sept, 2015. Photo credit: Patrick Dubois.

Kirk Hammett, Metallica.
Centre Vidéotron, Quebec City, Weds 16 Sept, 2015.
Photo credit: Patrick Dubois.

With the way the stage was diagonally set up, the group could venture to the four corners to engage with the crowd.

The only exception being drummer Lars Ulrich who, although he got to his feet from time to time, remained in the middle to keep the excitement going, working off the fervour of the audience.

The lasers and light show added to the atmosphere and the crowd loved it.

The combo of Master of Puppets and Battery, as their second and third songs, really rocked the Centre Vidéotron.

Those are tracks that never fail to deliver. They haven’t played Battery much on their 2015 tour, so it was lapped up here.

During the final song of the encore hundreds of giant black balloons were released into the crowd. A great way to end a great performance.

Metallica, you rocked Quebec City. Thanks for coming. Thanks for being part of history.

We know you know this, but you’re welcome back anytime.

The setlist included:

Creeping Death, Master of Puppets, Battery, Harvester of Sorrow, Ride the Lightning, The Unforgiven II, St. Anger, Wherever I May Roam, Sad But True, Sanitarium, Frayed Ends of Sanity, One, Bellz, Fade to Black, Seek and Destroy.

Encore:

Turn the Page, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman.

Lars Ulrich, Metallica. Centre Vidéotron, Quebec City, Weds 16 Sept, 2015. Photo credit: Patrick Dubois.

Lars Ulrich, Metallica. Centre Vidéotron, Quebec City, Weds 16 Sept, 2015. Photo credit: Patrick Dubois.

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Andrew Greenfield

Andrew Greenfield moved to Quebec in 2009. He is part of the team responsible for the publishing company behind LifeinQuebec.com and Life in Québec Magazine. He has been involved with online and print media since 2001. He is passionate about cricket, is a qualified coach, and his real ambition is to start a cricket team in Quebec City – something he freely admits is probably beyond him. Follow him on Twitter @GreenfieldAndy

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