Live Review: Outside Lands Festival 2012

Outside Lands: big names, bigger sound: Aidin Vaziri | Metallica singer James Hetfield annihilated years of delicate negotiations between the promoters of the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival and aggrieved neighbors around Golden Gate Park during his band’s headline set on Saturday. It wasn’t the elaborate pyrotechnics display that sent flames shooting high above the Polo Field or the tree-trembling guitar solos – although they probably didn’t help. Mentioning how a friend heard the battle-scarred Bay Area metal quartet sound check from his Richmond District house earlier in the day, the spiky-haired frontman decided that rocking the mere 65,000 people attending the sold-out concert wasn’t satisfactory. “We’re playing for the whole Bay Area!” he shouted. “HOPE YOU CAN HEAR US!” How could they not?
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