Closing off the CITI Sound Vault Sunday night was Metallica with a relentless hard-hitting performance. After hosting four previous nights in Los Angeles with Sting, Beck and the Chainsmokers as main event attractions, CITI concluded their inaugural Grammy week concert series with the trailblazers of thrash metal. Exclusively assigned for CITI card members, fans crowded the Palladium to witness a rare Hollywood appearance of Metallica inside an intimate capacity venue.

A wave of chants, screams and rallies began to take place as the anticipation for Metallica to take the stage neared midnight. Once the house lights faded and the fog machines filled the stage, cheers of excitement and emotion consumed the air as ‘Hardwired’ officially began the chaos and mayhem across the floor. Bodies collided against each other in true heavy metal fashion as mosh pits spread like wildfire throughout the room. Lead singer James Hetfield officially welcomed the Hollywood crowd, reassuring the audience to prepare for an onslaught of hard-hitting material throughout the night.

Continuing the aggressive intensity, ‘Creeping Death’ sent everyone present into a frenzy as fists were pumped into the air leading into Kirk Hammett’s lightning fast guitar solo. Hetfield provided some history trivia with the audience in between songs. After debating back and forth with drummer Lars Ulrich, Hetfield shared the last time Metallica performed at the Palladium was March 10th, 1985 with ‘Wasp’ and ‘Armored Saint’ during the ‘Ride The Lightning’ world tour. The set list primarily consisted of their early body of work, with ‘Harvester Of Sorrow’ and ‘Master Of Puppets’ easily receiving one of the loudest ovations.

Balancing through their massive catalog to highlight the band’s early album releases left the audience with an unforgettable experience. ‘Enter Sandman’ was teased as the formal sign off for the night as Metallica thanked everyone present for their loyalty throughout the decades. Fans quickly began to chant in anticipation for an encore as Hetfield promised to return soon before closing the hour performance with ‘Blackened’ and ‘Seek & Destroy.’

Metallica is scheduled for their first full-length North American tour in nearly a decade in support of their 10th album ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct.’ The ‘World Wired’ tour features supporting acts Avenged Sevenfold and Gojira as they return to southern California July 29th at the Rosebowl in Pasadena and August 6th at Petco Park in San Diego.

Creeping Death
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
Harvester of Sorrow
Master of Puppets
Enter Sandman
Seek & Destroy

Photos by: Jacob Gaitan