San Antonio, Rise!
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San Antonio, Rise!

San Antonio, Rise!

Metallica’s ‘World-Wired’ tour stopped in San Antonio, Texas on Wednesday night, June 14, at a capacity Alamodome marking the band’s first performance in the River City since 2009. Touring behind their already platinum-selling album ‘Hardwired…to Self-Destruct’, Metallica delivered a career spanning set that spanned 18 tracks and over 2 hours, beginning with the title track and setting the tone for the evening. The trademark ‘M’ and ‘A’ bookended both ends of the stage with multiple skyscraping LED screens in between playing video throughout the set. Fans from all over packed the Alamodome from the ‘snake pit’ to the top of the rafters. First time 10 year old concert goers stood beside life-long tattooed Metallica enthusiasts, fists thrust high into the air.


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Amidst the frenetic pace of the evening, Metallica made sure San Antonio knew they were family with vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield noting that the people in San Antonio “like the heavy stuff.” A highlight of the evening was bassist Robert Trujillo’s tribute to the band’s original bass player, the late Cliff Burton. The tribute drew a roaring ovation. As expected, the evening drew to a close with ‘Enter Sandman.’ As a fan, I couldn’t imagine anyone left the Alamodome with an ounce of disappointment, only wishing that drummer Lars Ulrich was still flailing like a madman and throwing the quartet into yet another song. Metallica continues their ‘World Wired’ trek with direct support from Avenged Sevenfold (who had an amazing performance in their own right) throughout the summer. More information can be found at



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Metallica’s Setlist

The Ecstasy of Gold (Ennio Morricone song)

Hardwired Intro

  1. Hardwired
  2. Atlas, Rise!
  3. For Whom the Bell Tolls
  4. Fuel
  5. The Unforgiven
  6. Now That We’re Dead (with extended middle drum solo with all members of the band )
  7. Moth Into Flame
  8. Wherever I May Roam
  9. Halo on Fire (followed by Kirk and Rob’s solos including ‘I Disappear’ and ‘Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth)’ )
  10. The Four Horsemen
  11. Sad but True
  12. One
  13. Master of Puppets
  14. Fade to Black (preceded by ‘Through the Never movie’ clip incl. ‘Eye of the Beholder’ intro played from a tape )
  15. Seek & Destroy



  1. Fight Fire With Fire
  2. Nothing Else Matters
  3. Enter Sandman (with ‘The Frayed Ends of Sanity’ outro)


Avenged Sevenfold Setlist

  1. The Stage
  2. Afterlife
  3. Hail to the King
  4. Almost Easy
  5. Buried Alive
  6. Bat Country
  7. Nightmare
  8. God Damn
  9. Unholy Confessions
Matt Kelley
Originally from North Carolina, Matt moved to San Antonio in 2010 to be with his fiancé. It was only after realizing that he was unhappy with what he was doing professionally that he decided to take the passion he had in music and photography to another level. He left his job and became a student at the Art Institute of San Antonio and started to actively further his knowledge about photography. In December 2013, he completed the Digital Image Management program at the Art Institute of San Antonio.

Matt enjoys working with individuals, groups, musicians, actors, and anyone who wants to create a great experience.