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Why Doesn’t Metallica Play More Underrated Songs Live?

Having recently seen Metallica live on Aug. 24 in Vancouver, I got to wondering why some songs aren’t as well received by fans as others during the show.

While most of the crowd was rocking to most of the songs, some tracks drew a kind of “meh” response from fans.

It wasn’t a sellout concert, with the floor half full and several sections in the corners rather bare. That in itself was kind of surprising.

And a good number of fans there, at least in the general area I was sitting, just didn’t seem really that into it. Maybe the potent weed that was being smoked everywhere had them hippy-shaking in their seats.

But if you look at the songs, you might glean an answer towards some of the apathy.

Metallica has been around for more than 33 years, touring quite a bit. With that comes the fact they tend to play the same songs live. Over and Over.

As a longtime fan of the band, I’m frankly tired of seeing them do “For Whom the Bell Tolls” for the umpteenth time. It’s a great song to be sure, but fans seem tired of seeing it live.

And “Seek and Destroy” is another that they’ve played on pretty much every single tour.

Even the mastery of “Master of Puppets” is getting dull now. Overplayed. Beat to death.

Then, as usual, they closed the show with their most overplayed song “Enter Sandman”. Again. Yawn.

I get that the band sort of has to appeal to the lowest common denominator and play songs the casual fan might recognize, but wouldn’t it be better if they pulled out some older, underrated songs from the catalogue?

Suffice it to say Metallica would be well-served to play some other tracks. How about “Leper Messiah”? It’s easy enough, so Lars Ulrich can get through it on drums.

What about “Outlaw Torn” – one of their most underrated songs. Or “Bleeding Me” – another standout from the Load album. Or how about “Fixxer”, a song they’ve never played live, but it’s a gem.

But sadly for longtime fans of Metallica, it’s pretty much the same old songs live, aside from anything they played off Hardwired … to Self Destruct, and I loved hearing those songs live in concert for the first time.

And just like the Rolling Stones before them, playing “Satisfaction” for the millionth time, it’s likely Metallica fans will have to endure through “Enter Sandman” over and over again.

Check out more of Cam Maxwell’s Rock ‘N Roll Insight.

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