Thank goodness for Metallica.
The Bay Area’s top-selling band of all time delivered another amazing show for hometown fans during Day Two (Saturday, Aug. 12) of the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.
It was almost as good as the band’s 2012 Outside Lands appearance, which may just be the best headliner set in the festival’s 10-year history.
The band sounded as mighty and muscular as ever as it rolled through a two-hour-plus set that featured both classics from the back catalog and soon-to-be-classics from the latest Metallica offering, last year’s entirely worthy “Hardwired … to Self-Destruct.”
And the whole shebang was punctuated with a big fireworks show, which came during an encore highlighted by “Nothing Else Matters” and, of course, the usual “Enter Sandman” closer.
Atlas is rising at Outsidelands #metallica#worldwired#metatosl pic.twitter.com/PGyIdaRpme
— Metallica (@Metallica) August 13, 2017
The band’s triumphant homecoming, after a long summer of playing stadium shows around North America, closed Day Two in excellent fashion, helping fans forget about the disappointing news that A Tribe Called Quest had canceled its Outside Lands appearance.
Yes, you might recall that acclaimed hip-hop act was a no-show for its scheduled appearance on Day One (Friday, Aug. 11) of Outside Lands, forcing promoters to push back Tribe’s set by a day.
Then Day Two rolled around and the Tribe canceled on the rescheduled date as well.
1) We are deeply disappointed that we’ve just been informed A Tribe Called Quest will not make their scheduled performance at Outside Lands.
— Outside Lands Help (@outsidelands411) August 13, 2017
The news quickly spread through the festival grounds, causing many hip-hop fans to groan, perhaps in realization that, yes, they now might have to watch the Avett Brothers instead.
(I’m just goofing around with that Avett comment – the band is actually fine in concert.)
Festival officials later released a statement on the cancellation.
“Due to further travel complications, A Tribe Called Quest could not make their re-scheduled festival performance,” the statement read. “Outside Lands has done everything in our power to accommodate these unfortunate circumstances and we deeply regret the disappointment this has caused our fans.”
Many took to Twitter, of course, to voice their complaints to the festival.
Would like some type of compensation for @ATCQ ditching OSL, this the only reason why me and my friends bought tickets! Do the right thing!
— Bryant Espinoza (@Bryant_Espinoza) August 13, 2017
Yet, I’m not sure what else the promoters could’ve done. They already bent over backwards once to try and make the performance happen, juggling bands between stages in order to reschedule Tribe.
It was just one of those unfortunate situations. But it was quickly followed by a big batch of good fortune, as Metallica returned to again rock Outside Lands.
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