Live Review: Metallica at the Fillmore

Metallica review: Band turns 30 at the Fillmore: Aidin Vaziri | James Hetfield thrusts one leg forward, pulls back one of his tattoo-covered biceps and holds his guitar dangerously close to his chest – the universal pose for a guy who is ready to kick butt. But something is clearly wrong with this picture. It takes a few minutes to figure it out because it’s late, kind of smoky and, well, it just doesn’t look right. But the front man for Metallica – once regarded as the fiercest heavy metal band on the planet – is smiling. It’s not one of those satanic smirks, either, but the kind of full-on Invisalign grin you see in the waiting room at the dentist’s office. If you want to get technical about it, it might even be an actual grin. What has the world come to?
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