Over the weekend, Metallica completed a journey that began 32 years ago in Los Angeles. The band headed to the Antarctic to play a show called Freeze ‘Em All, encased in a dome and with no amplification.
Antarctic laws prohibit disturbing the local environment, so the audience of 120 were able to listen to the concert through headphones.
The show was also live-streamed and captured for posterity. Metallica is the first band ever to play all seven continents, and took to Facebook to share their excitement:
“This was the most unique show Metallica has ever done…The band, contest winners, research station scientists (from Russia, South Korea, China, Poland, Chile, Brazil and Germany), and the ship crew, all crammed in this little dome out on the helipad of Carlini Station in ANTARCTICA! The energy in the little dome was amazing! Words can not describe how happy everyone was.”
The audience included scientists from around the world, and Latin American fans who had won a Coca-Cola Zero contest in order to attend.
The fact that Metallica still exists is a miracle after decades littered with death, drinking, drugging and infighting that seemed destined to tear the band apart.
Check out the band going crazy in the dome. Just because they’re old doesn’t mean they can’t crank “Enter Sandman” through your headphones.
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