HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM - Metallica took the stage at the 59th Grammy Awards with Lady Gaga Sunday night at Staples Center. Following the show the band ran over Hollywood Palladium where a packed house of 3,700 superfans were waiting patiently. Footage on the band's Instagram account showed the crew literally packing up gear from the awards show in Downtown LA and unloading it frantically on the Palladium stage in Hollywood where the house was already full. The doors opened at 8:30pm and the show was slated for a 10pm start time. By 11pm the band had yet to take the stage and the crowd started to boo.
Minutes after 11pm the lights dimmed, and Ennio Morricone's "The Ecstacy of Gold" started playing turning the boos of anticipation into cheers of excitement, and the band finally took the stage. Ten songs, fifteen if you are counting the doodles of Kirk Hammett. James Hetfield said the last time the band played Hollywood Palladium was March of 1985. March 10th, to be exact, and I would imagine it went into the wee hours of March 11, 1985 which was the day I was born.
Although Metallica did not win the Grammy for Best Rock Song for "Hardwired" to go along with their 8 Grammy wins, their fans sure partied like it. Metallica kept the set concise and jam packed full of energy. An inevitable mosh pit formed in the middle of the Palladium's floor, people were crowd surfing, and water bottles, beer, and articles of clothing were thrown onto the stage. Good old fashioned metal.
The concert was the perfect ending to the first Citi Sound Vault concert series during Grammy week which also featured performances by Sting, Beck, and The Chainsmokers. Citi partnered with Live Nation who produced the event in which Citi cardholders received exclusive access to purchase tickets.