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Rock Werchter Festival
Werchter, Belgium
July 5 , 2009

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The Ecstasy Of Gold: Let the show begin - Metallica live in Werchter

Two Metallica concerts in a row! That was an unforgettable weekend.

After the gig in Hockenheim, we drove to the Belgian city of Leuven (or Louvain), which is the closest place to Rock Werchter Festival.

James and Kirk in Werchter 2009

Rock Werchter is one of the biggest and most popular festivals in Belgium.

It was established in 1974.

Bands who have performed at Rock Werchter through the years include Dire Straits, Elvis Costello, U2, The Ramones and Iggy Pop.

James Hetfield from Metallica live in Werchter, July 5 2009

This was Metallica’s 6th time playing at Rock Werchter Festival.

To me it was the second time: 2 years earlier I was seeing Metallica headlining Werchter 2007 on this same stage.

Just like the day before, we went to the Festival only for Metallica.

We spent the day sleeping, wandering through Louvain, and got to the festival site as Nine Inch Nails were ending their set.

James screaming in Werchter

Just like at Sonisphere Festival Germany , there were also three fan pits at Werchter Festival: one that covered most of the festival ground, and two smaller at the front.

Fans could get to the first and second pits on a first come first served basis, but that’s also where journalists and friends of the band were.

Kirk Hammett from Metallica in Werchter - July 5 2009

Before the show started, we were wondering with which song Metallica would begin.

I betted for This Was Your Life, Gael and Riton betted for Blackened and Philippe for Creeping Death.

As The Ecstasy Of Gold began on the speakers we approached the moment of truth, and the winner was… Blackened! One of the best tunes to start a concert.

Robert Trujillo from Metallica in Werchter May 2009

It was followed by For Whom the Bell Tolls and Creeping Death.

That’s when I realized that in two days I’ve heard almost the whole Ride The Lightning album played live.

Only Escape and The Call Of Ktulu weren’t performed, and anyway they never play those tunes live... Until the Sonisphere 2011...

James Hetfield in Werchter

Metallica is a band that changes its setlist every single night.

It’s not like AC/DC or Iron Maiden.

Take a look to AC/DC’s Black Ice Tour: They played the same songs every single night in every place in the world.

The only thing that changed between the Arena tour and the Stadiums tour was that the song Dog Eat Dog was added.

James, Lars Kirk - Metallica in Werchter

Iron Maiden is almost the same.
If you’re (very) lucky, they’ll change one song from one city to the next.

Iron Maiden is still my favourite band, their shows are incredible and I always try to follow a few dates. But if you don't know this and decide to follow them, it can be annoying to hear the same songs night after night. For me it isn't.

Anyway, if you like to hear different songs each night, then Metallica is the band to follow on tour.

Robert Trujillo from Metallica in Werchter - July 5 2009 Metallica’s setlist was delicious: They changed 8 out of 18 songs.

Among the surprises we had Welcome Home (Sanitarium) and the mighty Dyers Eve!
I just love this song and I couldn’t believe they were playing it!
James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich from Metallica playing at Rock Werchter Festival, Werchter

The show in Hockenheim was great, but this one was way better!

Metallica had an incredible and clear sound.

James was singing great tonight, and talked a lot to the audience during the show.

It was Metallica's sixth show at Werchter so they were playing on a conquered land, and it looked that they were feeling at ease.

Kirk Hammett from Metallica in Werchter - July 5 2009

After Enter Sandman, came the time for the encores.

This time they didn’t play the riff of Michael Jackson’s Beat It, but they teased us with The Frayed Ends Of Sanity.

After a fast version of Last Caress, die-hard fans became mad again with the opener from Kill'em All: Hit The Lights.

James and Kirk from Metallica in Werchter - July 5 2009 Time to drink one last Belgian Jupiler beer while watching the fireworks that celebrated the end of the 4-day Festival.

Well, to me the festival lasted only 5 hours...

We hit the road back home and the morning after I was at the office right on time.
Tired, but with a big smile on my face.
James and Kirk from Metallica in Werchter - July 5 2009

Next stop for my friends Gael and Philippe: Metallica playing at Les Arènes de Nîmes, a ancient Roman Theatre in the city of Nîmes in Southern France.

Metallica filmed a live DVD there, I would have loved to get there but I couldn't take two days off from my job.

Nevermind, I spent a wonderful weekend attending those two concerts, and be sure that a few shows from the next Metallica Tour will be reviewed on!

Lars Ulrich pulling faces Metallica in Werchter - July 5 2009

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Setlist Metallica – Rock Werchter Festival, Werchter, Belgium – July 5, 2009

01. Intro: The Ecstasy Of Gold (from The Good The Bad And The Ulgly)
02. Blackened
03. For Whom The Bell Tolls
04. Creeping Death
05. Of Wolf And Man
06. One
07. Broken, Beat And Scarred
08. Cyanide
09. Sad But True + Bass solo
10. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
11. All Nightmare Long + Guitar Solo
12. The Day That Never Comes
13. Master Of Puppets
14. Dyers Eve
15. Guitar Solo + Nothing Else Matters
16. Enter Sandman
17. The Frayed Ends Of Sanity (Intro riff)
18. Last Caress (The Misfits)
19. Hit The Lights
20. Seek And Destroy

Robert Trujillo from Metallica in Werchter - July 5 2009
Kirk Hammett from Metallica in Werchter - July 5 2009
Thank you Werchter! - Metallica live in Werchter, Belgium - July 5 2009

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Metallica Line-up:

James Hetfield - Vocals / Guitars
Kirk Hammett - Guitars
Robert Trujillo - Bass
Lars Ulrich - Drums
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