Metallica Live Debut Longest Song They've Ever Rocked

When James Hetfield introduced "Inamorata" at the Olympiastadion in Munich, Germany last Sunday he made it sound like there was something wrong with the 11-minute rocker.

"This next song, we have never, ever played live before," the 60-year-old singer/shredder said to the 75,000 in attendance.

"And, you know, in our band we don't recognize the word 'mistake', because there are no mistakes' there's just unique moments that happen," he said. "That's what we need to tell ourselves. This one is from 72 Seasons. It's one of my favorites, so I'm gonna like it."

What came out was a perfectly fine, 11-minute mid-tempo jam that would actually be a nice warmup tune for sound check to get the juices going. There's room for everyone on this, from bassist Robert Trujillo to both guitarists, and even Lars gets to work on that 4/4 beat he rarely gets to trudge through.

But it's even better as a mid-set stretch-your-legs song in the set. Sometimes you want another beer. Sometimes you see someone eating some nachos and you're like, "they got olives here in the freakin Olympiastadion?" Suddenly I want nachos."

If you've just had your face blown off from eight-and-a-half minute long "Sanitarium" and you hear "Inamorata," go get those nachos, Klaus. And get me a Spaten.

Not sure why he'd call it a mistake. Was the title a mistake?

Inamorata is a fancy name for a girlfriend and sometimes it means a mistress. In this case Metallica is talking about an unhealthy relationship with Misery.

Making Misery your side chick is a mistake, that's for sure.

Or is he admitting to the Germans that they didn't know the supermodel Emily Ratajkowski named her swim line Inamorata as a play on her social media handles where she goes by Emrata?

Is he worried she will sue? Just put her in the video. Who doesn't want to see Ms. Ratajkowski playing the role of a miserable girlfriend who just needs a little company?

Or is he saying that it was a mistake that it took 30 gigs to slide in this track on the massive 72 Seasons Tour where each tour stop has gotten two different shows with different sets and even different opening bands? (Festivals not included.)

I wouldn't sweat it.

What I would sweat is the Friday gig in Munich where the gods above were jokingly trying to recreate the Ride The Lightning album cover during "Master of Puppets."

It made people remember when Coheed and Cambria rocked through a thunderstorm in Michigan in 2015 while a tornado approached.

The lightning reminded others of the System of a Down gig, also in 2015, but in Armenia, where the skies were lit up.

What is it with metal and Mother Nature?

Is she the Inamorata of the devil horns set? Or are they more forgiving in foul weather to keep headbanging?

If the mistake James was referring to the fact that until Sunday there were four tracks that had not been performed live yet from their latest record, they have plenty of shows coming up to rectify that error.

The next song they should live debut is "Room of Mirrors" which not only rocks and could easily be a single if they care about those things any more, but its animated video has 2.5 million views - with zero support.

Surely they'll play this banger soon. Right? Find out in person. Get tickets on the Metallica website.

Metallica 72 Seasons 2024

May 29: Milan I-Days Festival, Italy
Jun 01: Vienna Racino Rocks Festival, Austria
Jun 07: Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Finland
Jun 09: Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Finland
Jun 14: Copenhagen Parken Stadium, Denmark
Jun 16: Copenhagen Parken Stadium, Denmark
Jun 26: Oslo Tons Of Rock Festival, Norway
Jun 29: Clisson Hellfest, France
Jul 05: Warsaw PGE Narodowy, Poland
Jul 07: Warsaw PGE Narodowy, Poland
Jul 12: Madrid Estadio Cívitas Metropolitano, Spain
Jul 14: Madrid Estadio Cívitas Metropolitano, Spain
Aug 02: Foxborough Gillette Stadium, MA, USA
Aug 04: Foxborough Gillette Stadium, MA, USA
Aug 09: Chicago Soldier Field, IL, USA
Aug 11: Chicago Soldier Field, IL, USA
Aug 16: Minneapolis US Bank Stadium, MN, USA
Aug 18: Minneapolis US Bank Stadium, MN, USA
Aug 23: Edmonton Commonwealth Stadium, Canada
Aug 25: Edmonton Commonwealth Stadium, Canada
Aug 30: Seattle Lumen Field, WA, USA
Sep 01: Seattle Lumen Field, WA, USA
Sep 20: Mexico City Foro Sol, Mexico
Sep 22: Mexico City Foro Sol, Mexico
Sep 27: Mexico City Foro Sol, Mexico
Sep 29: Mexico City Foro Sol, Mexico

Japanese fans cheering on Californians in Germany. Long Live Rock.

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Last updated: 21 Jul 2024, 18:03 Etc/UTC