Migs Blog: My Metallica Experience!

August 10, 2017

Last night was the most surreal experience of my life.

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to jump on stage before Metallica performed to say hi to over 50,000 Metallica fans.

Someone said, “cross that off your bucket list” to me…one thing, I never had this on my bucket list because I would have never even fathomed that I would have the opportunity to do something like this.

I know all of this is going to sound like a humble brag…but humor me for a second…imagine when you were a kid, and you discover a band that stays with you for the rest of your life…and now fast forward to present day, as I give you a quick run-down of yesterday:

I’m waiting side stage and run into Mix Master Mike from the Beastie Boys…who remembers me from an interview we did around 15 years ago at EndFest at Kitsap County Fairgrounds.

I get to go on the same stage as one of my all time favorite bands, and introduce them.

The 50,000 (or more) fans join me in losing our s*** while I’m on the microphone.

The second I get off the stage, Metallica’s manager has a huge smile on his face, and says “that was the best stage intro anyone has done for Metallica”

I then leave backstage…and run into Turner Stevenson…who won a Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils back in the 90’s (my favorite hockey team).

I then got a giant soft pretzel.  That was the best tasting pretzel I have ever enjoyed.  I can’t really put into words what this entire experience was like…to say I am still riding a natural high would be an understatement!

Oh…and then Metallica played.  They were incredible, seriously incredible.  There was a moment in the set where I looed at Ryan Castle, and I looked at Thrill…and I felt like the three of us were 13 again, jamming out as they went from “One”, into “Master Of Puppets”, into “Fade To Black”, and then into “Seek & Destroy”!

One of the coolest things was when bassist Robert Trujillo did the classic Cliff Burton bass solo/song  “Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth)”…as he played it, they have video of Cliff on the big screens behind him.  It was a perfect tribute to their late bassist!