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Metallica

  • Kohl Center 601 West Dayton Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

A rare Madison arena stop from a sometimes perplexing but still great metal band. Info/tix

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Metallica has given its fans 37 years of meteoric highs and perplexing lows, but it's still exciting to get a chance to see one of metal's most influential bands. Even if you don't exactly see the point of Metallica's last three (or so (or more)) albums, or find yourself permanently embarrassed by the amazing childish meltdowns of the 2004 documentary Some Kind Of Monster, the band has enough sense and showmanship to keep a lot of their best material in their live sets. A few Master Of Puppets- and Ride The Lightning-era numbers should make this show worth it. Just enjoy the grandiose gravelly spectacle of it all and don't overthink it—the band almost certainly isn't. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: September 2
Fox And His Friends (free)
Later Event: September 6
Sunset Boulevard (free)