So I went to see Metallica in Toronto last night... I don't really listen to them anymore, but I don't mind the "Now That We're Dead" track that's getting lots of airplay on satellite radio. I was big into them for the Black Album, and kinda coasted with them through Load/Reload. By then I was moving more into Pantera and Tool. Anyway, I went in excited/open-minded, with this being a bucket list concert. My optimism slowly faded away, however. The sound was "ok" and I wouldn't expect much more from a baseball-stadium show, but the guitar tone, the visuals, the experience was overall pretty dull for me. The nail in the coffin was Unforgiven. Kirk sounded out of tune with James in the intro, and at times it seemed like they didn't have a click track or something because they were all venturing in their own direction timing-wise. I had happened to watch a youtube vid of that track on this tour before the show and it was also a mess. There was a weird group drum solo, a really fizzy high-gain bass solo, and some improvisational stuff that just didn't do anything for me. For the enormous budget, the visuals were mostly just closeups of the band. I was missing the way NIN integrates the visuals into the show. I thought that maybe I just don't enjoy Metallica's music anymore, or maybe they've lost their "touch", or maybe I completely missed something? In the last couple of years I've really enjoyed Ghost, NIN, and Marilyn Manson in concert, so I don't think I'm just becoming a cranky old man...? Has anyone else seen the tour and felt the same/differently?