Metallica Rocks South By Southwest As Volsung
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Metallica Blog Magnetic has posted a firsthand account of Metallica's "secret" SXSW performance:
Metallica pulled out all the stops during their spectacular set at Austin's South by Southwest Festival. Metallica was a surprise guest; on SXSW's official schedule, they were listed as Volsung, a metal band from "Somewhere, Norway."
Droves of die-hard fans, catching wind of the rumors, lined up all day outside Stubb's, where Metallica 18-wheelers parked outside.
Just before 10pm — after sets by the Silversun Pickups and a bunch of dudes who played Metallica's "Fuel" on "Guitar Hero" — the stage lights dimmed, and the speakers began to rattle the famous instrumental intro. A steady cheer began to build through the capacity crowd (and outside Stubb's, too, where hundreds of badge-less Metallica fans watched from a nearby parking garage), growing with intensity with each orchestral swell. It eventually reached a full roar, and then, lo and behold, the music stopped and there they were — Metallica, in the flesh.
Shortly after the band took the stage, frontman James Hetfield shouted "Surprise!," sarcastically referring to the not-so-well-kept secret that the band would be performing at the Guitar Hero Metallica party, celebrating the launch of their version of the popular video game next week.
"We're a young band from Norway and we want to get signed," Metallica frontman James Hetfield told the audience at the heavy metal band's SXSW performance. "This is the best kept secret in rock and roll. We thought we'd come join you for your party." James Hetfield of Metallica told a sweaty crowd of 2,000 or so at Stubb's. "Is that all right?" The roar came back affirmative.
Source: Metallica Blog Magnetic
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