This may indicate that Metallica’s sets are truly already built around fan favorites and that your average listener isn’t that hard-up to finally hear “The Frayed Ends of Sanity” or “Fixxxer” performed live, but that doesn’t mean it’s not fun to play fantasy manager and cobble together a setlist comprising some of the band’s lesser-played songs, a smattering of covers, and one or two standbys for tradition’s sake. As per the band’s request, we’ve kept our setlist to 18 tracks, clocking in at just under two hours - actually a bit brief by Metallica standards, but James Hetfield's stage banter should help pad it out a bit. There’s a song from every studio album save Reload, feel free to imagine the original vocalists guesting on the cover tunes, and for the sake of momentum, the encore begins with “Damage, Inc.” A few of the more over-played standards have been left out to shake up the formula, and because “For Whom the Bell Tolls” needs a rest, if just for one night.
Chris Steffen is the newest member of the AllMusic team. He turned down an invitation to sing for Metallica in June of last year.