Looking at the playbill after Jeff Beck had left the stage I noticed that we only had two more headliners to go, Metallica and U2.
With appropriate heavy metal bluster Metallica took the stage with ear-splitting prowess. Originally the organizers of the event wanted Led Zeppelin to carry the hard rock part of the show and were pretty much turned down flat by the remaining members of the group. Thus it came to be that metal’s chosen heirs came to New York representing every thing that embodies teenage angst and rebellion.
Opening with For Whom the Bell Tolls, the heavy drumbeat thumping into my chest with some force. Then into One and Turn the Page, before bringing out New York Native Lou Reed.
By their own admission Metallica does not play well with others, and did not automatically grasp the “Jam” concept for the show. However when they learned whom they were to be teamed up with it all made sense, claimed lead singer Lars Ulrich. It was their job to become the backing band for their Rock and Roll Elders.
Lou Reed emerged onto the stage in a Deja Vu invoking cheer of “LOOOOO”, thinking back to the “BOOOO’s” that greeted Bruce Springsteen the night before. He appeared totally at ease with Metallica and the crowd as he lead off with Sweet Jane. White Heat/White Light followed in a similar rocked up fashion.
Lou Reed leads Metallica
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Hey everyone! Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas, and a great break before the New Year.
Waking up to the greeting of a ringing phone was not the way I had wanted to start the morning after a marathon concert. But our tab had to be paid, the sponsoring radio station 92.1 citi fm, needed an interview for the morning show back home. After Darlene gave a brief sleepy account of the night before, exclaiming that Bruce Springsteen was the highlight of the evening. We got our tired bodies ready for another hurried day on the streets of New York.
As the day before, we shunned the hotel “Hot Breakfast” in favor of bagel sandwiches from the corner shop. Gaining familiarity with the streets we confidently picked our subway stop and headed south into Soho, bound for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex. This stop on our trip almost got scratched due to time constraints but I am very glad that we managed to fit it in. If you are a fan of New York based rock and roll do check it out before it closes early in the new year.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex
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Tagged 92.1 CITI FM, Anthony Bourdain, Bobby Pinn, Bruce Springsteen, CBGB, Drugs, Fillmore East, Joey Ramone, John Lennon, Katz's Deli, New York City, Physical Graffiti, Rock and Roll, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex, Rock Junket, Rolling Stones, Sex, The Continental, The Ramones, When Harry Met Sally, Yoko Ono