by Robert Bell
BATTERY — MASTERS OF METALLICA
9 p.m. Revolution. $8 adv., $10 day of.
On a fateful day in 1989, a friend loaned me his cassingle copy of Metallica's "One" (B side: a cover of Diamond Head's "The Prince").
I took it home, ka-chunked it into the tape deck of my cheap Sanyo boom box, and what came out of the speakers a few seconds later would forever warp my mind and my sensibilities and my view of the world and of politics and most especially of music and what it could be.
But on their breakthrough 1991 self-titled album, Metallica went soft. I felt heartbroken and betrayed and tried in vain to like the album, but to no avail. But still, the first four Metallica albums are, to my mind, four of the greatest albums of all time. I never got to see Metallica during their heyday, though some friends swear that they still kill live.
I don't know, maybe a tribute band is as close to the real Metallica experience as one can get. This one, called Battery after the classic "Master of Puppets" track, has opened for the actual Metallica. They played Metallica songs and Metallica played the cover songs they'd recorded for their "Garage Inc." album. This show is 18-and-older.