“Don’t kill yourself!” Metallica thundered at the Prague Rocks in Letňany

The one-day Prague Rocks festival brought a first-class rock and metal collection to the airport in Letňany, Prague. And no matter how the Steel Panther or Five Finger Death Punch paid for the big attractions, it was the thrash legends from Metallica that most fans came to. What was it?

Live: Prague Rocks, den 4

place: Letňany Airport, Prague
datum: June 22, 2022
vystoupili: Metallica, Five Finger Death Punch, Steel Panther, Red Fang, S8nt Electric, The Hardkiss

setlist Five Finger Death Punch: Inside Out, Trouble, Wash It All Away, Jekyll And Hyde, Sham Pain, Bad Company (Bad Company cover), Burn It Down, Gone Away (The Offspring cover) (úryvek), A Little Bit Off (úryvek), Wrong Side Of Heaven, Burn MF, Coming Down, Lift Me Up, Under And Over It, The Bleeding

setlist Metallica: Whiplash, Creeping Death, Enter Sandman, Cyanide, Trapped Under Ice, No Leaf Clover, Sad But True, Dirty Window, Nothing Else Matters, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Moth Into Flame, Fade To Black, Seek & Destroy, Damage, Inc., One, Master Of Puppets

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You can find a lot of T-shirts, sweatshirts, puzzles and, of course, CDs and LPs of Metallica in the music server shop!


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Metallica has been said for some time in music circles that it is said that it is deliberately lowering the volume of its backing bands so that it sounds better on its own. But this was not the case in Prague’s Letňany, and whoever came because of the performers playing in front of them, experienced everything he had. Or at least in part. We arrived at the airport at the moment when the Red Fang had just finished, so we do not tell you about them and also about S8nt Electric and the Ukrainian The Hardkiss, who played before them. But we can go back to the Steel Panther. Hair metallers returning to the eighties, both musically and visually, are well-known provocateurs. And their conversations between the songs are more legendary than the music itself.

Steel Panther, Letňany Airport, Prague, June 22, 2022
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“We came to you from far away in America to fuck your wives!” This, even a mild sentence to their circumstances would probably cause a lot of wrinkles to the creators of the show “Kokoti na neděli” and similar shows. “Now I want to introduce you to one of the best heavy metal singers who fucks a lot of prostitutes. Unfortunately, Vince Neil is not with us today. But I have one guy who still takes only a hundred euros a week! Michael Starr!”

Jokes, jokes. This is theirs. After all, they still shouted at Nova Rock in 2017 for the girls to show their breasts, and a lot of them really did. In Letňany, however, they did not have time for similar fractures, they were given only three-quarters of an hour.

FFDP, Letňany Airport, Prague, June 22, 2022
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Subsequently, they also had the opportunity to introduce themselves to a large audience of Five Finger Death Punch. If you’ve seen them for the first time, we think it’s important to tell you that this wasn’t their usual concert. Long-time fans who have been to them in the Karlín Forum, Tipsport arena and other places would definitely confirm that they are much, much better alive. At the heart of the problem was frontman Ivan Moody, who was out of shape. During the whole set, he alternated perhaps five uppers, but on the one hand, the flaming show was relatively modest for their conditions, and on the other hand – and most importantly – it didn’t sing much to him in Letňany. He was troubled throughout the first half of the performance and had most of the lyrics sung by the fans. It improved a bit in the first single, which was played by our radio stations, ie in the ballad “A Little Bit Off”. He doesn’t have to strain the vocal cords there, so he even sang, unfortunately only an excerpt came from the song. He gained sympathy only at the end of the performance, when he dedicated one of his fans to his baseball bat. Unfortunately, we have to state that this was the weakest concert in our region by the groovy metal giants.

FFDP, Letňany Airport, Prague, June 22, 2022
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However, James Hetfield from Metallica, who has a lot in common with Ivan Moody, performed more robust and confident vocals. For example, they have both recently resided in an anti-alcohol hospital. They fired the first one mentioned above with their second concert with the song “Whiplash” and revealed an unusually conceived stage. Instead of the classic monstrous screen, they had three rows of figures on top of each other, which we could call a cube with a little imagination, and they could only be seen from two sides, where mostly the events on the stage were projected. It’s poorly described, but the key thing is that it was probably supposed to help fans who look at the stage from the side, ie from the wrong angle. The reality? On the top screen you see a piece of Kirk Hammett’s head, in the middle is a cutout of his guitar and in the bottom row you see a piece of his leg. Thumb down. Also, at least on the sides of the stage, the good old projections remained in shape as we know them.

Metallica, Letňany Airport, Prague, June 22, 2022
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As such, Metallica went on tour this year without having a new record or any special program. However, their fans, who finally joined the airport in singing, were bothered by little. After all, it is a band in which its very existence and the fact that it plays in our region is a gift in itself. Compared to previous performances, the biggest theme was mainly which songs and in which order he will play in Prague. And so, for example, the hit song “Enter Sandman” marked by Lars lazy drumming sounded still in the lights, relatively soon and without pyrotechnics. Whoever felt sorry for him had to wait until the addition, where he got a big fireworks display, laser show and flames. After all, the fires burned rammsteinovsku even the towers at “Moth Into Flame”, for example, which looked great.

Metallica, Letňany Airport, Prague, June 22, 2022
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For most of the set, however, the members of one of the Big 4s saved more with a big spectacle and showed off either James’ vocals or Kirk’s guitar. A few days ago, a viral video happened, where the court creator of all the key riffs messed up the intro for “Nothing Else Matters” and had to start again after an apology. In Prague, however, the iconic ballad sounded in full force, so every second visitor now has a video recorded on their mobile phone, at least an excerpt of this immortal classic. And when we are with those classics – “Jožin z bažin” did not take place this time. Instead, in “Fade To Black,” the frontman confided that he was playing a suicide song and that he was sure the idea had ever occurred to us all. “Don’t kill yourself”he said. “You have friends around you and we at Metallica love you too. It will get better”, he added. It was a nice and perhaps important moment for someone.

Metallica, Letňany Airport, Prague, June 22, 2022
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Despite that, it must be said that Metallica played its standard and did not prepare many special moments for the audience, who saw it more than once. It was a quality performance from a group with massive popularity, and whoever saw it for the first time certainly has eyes on top of their heads. Longtime matadors who come to them at any opportunity, but this time they didn’t get anything extra. Just a good concert.