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Metal(lica) Up Your Ass

I have always wanted to use that headline…

Forget poutine or any other Don Cherry-worthy xenophobic stereotype, Quebec loves its \m/etal. And the reigning defending undisputed champions of the province are Metallica.

Messrs. Hetfield, Ulrich, Hammett & Turjillo returned to the Plains of Abraham on July 14th, and laid waste to the historic battlefield even more decisively than the British did in 1759. Sorry, too soon?

I don’t know if more fans were there than when I was among 100,000+ in 2011, but as this time-lapse video from Le Journal de Quebec proves, it was definitely a shitton of people.

“‘Talli” will be at Toronto’s Rogers Centre for the Sunday evening headbanger version of the Wonderful World of Disney. How this is not called the “Lords of Summer” tour after the killer bonus track on Hardwired… to Self-Destruct is still beyond me, but I’ve included it on a “Metallica Mini Mix” along with the sequence of songs they’re likely to close out with. Not to play spoiler if you’re going to any of their upcoming shows, as the Blackened boys are sure to be great. And loud, so enjoy!

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Gilles LeBlanc literally fell into “alternative rock” wayyy back at Lollapalooza 1992, where he got caught in his first mosh pit watching some band named Pearl Jam. Since then, he’s spent the better part of his life looking for music to match the liberating rush he felt that day, with a particular chest-beating emphasis on stuff coming out of his native Canada. It took him awhile, but Gilles now writes feverishly about all things that rock (and or roll) through his ROCKthusiast alter ego.

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