Metallica’s Portland Show Was a Reminder of Why They’re Still the Biggest-Ticket Metal Band in the World
Unless you care deeply about everything Metallica’s released since their ‘80s heyday, it can be easy to get hung up on what’s lame about them in 2018. Their most recent albums are either attempts at alt-rock reinvention or clear “return to form” plays. They charge obscene amounts for tickets. Their setlist is fairly rigid. They invite comedian Jim Breuer (of Half Baked semi-fame) to host a slogging, hours-long “pre-show party” instead of giving a couple of young, hungry bands the opportunity to open for Metallica. Lars Ulrich is still a massive ham.