Saturday night I attended the Metallica concert at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. It was a phenomenal show headlining the greatest heavy metal band the world has seen so far.
Now, before I go on, I apologize to those who are disappointed with my appreciation for the music genre known as "heavy metal" (there are many sub genres, Metallica is often referred to as "thrash metal", but this is a sub genre of "heavy metal"). I recognize it is not everyone's cup of tea. Sorry. What can I say? I enjoy headbanging without apology. I think opera is awful and hideously painful to listen to, but I acknowledge the right of people to listen to it, etc.
I have been a heavy metal fan since my early teens, I believe Metallica is the most talented metal band of all time. They recently released a new album which hearkens back to the sound and style of their earlier years. They have sold something like 90 million albums in their career and are teh 7th highest grossing live musical act of all time. These are amazing stats for a metal band, we're not talking Celine Dione here! The concert last night featured something like 15 songs plus an encore, 5 or 6 songs were from their new album.
There is much I could write about why I enjoy heavy metal, but it is simple enough to say I appreciate the tremendous talent it takes to rock well. I took drum lessons for a couple years and even played for a while. Keeping rhythm for a quality metal band takes tremendous talent. Lars Ulrich, Metallica's beat-keeper, is one of the best who has ever lived. He was in rare form Saturday night as his band played for two hours straight. These guys seem ageless even after touring hard for over 25 years (I'm sure their collective decision to stop drinking and partying after shows has helped).
It's not my intention on this particular post to expound the value of considering the musical work of unbelievers like Metallica. I by no means endorse all their work or their underlying worldview. Listening to Metallica is akin to listening to any unbelieving musician. It must be done with discernment and care. Music, art, literature- same thing. Even when the writers of the songs and composers of the music lack godly wisdom, you can catch a glimpse of the talent God grants human beings. It is most glorifying to God when musicians/artists realize the source of their abilities and give Him glory, but even when they don't, there is something praiseworthy about the arrangement of notes and the skill used to play them. They even stumble upon truth in some of their lyrical observations. Obviously it is important to separate the wheat from the chaff and to maintain a discerning ear. Well, I said I wouldn't expound, so I won't further. At any rate, it was a rockin' concert by one of the true pioneers of heavy metal.