March 1st show:
While we’re not talking about polyrhythmic pounding here, this is an idea that echoes the dual drum kit face-off between Lars and James that was captured in their Mexico City shows in 1992 and released on the Live Sh*t: Binge & Purge box. (Hetfield has decent chops.) At one point during that same tour, James played drums and Lars sang (with Kirk on bass and Jason Newsted on guitar) for their cover of Diamond Head’s “Am I Evil?” This new drum face-off seems to have just emerged during the recent Mexico City shows. I have not found other examples in any previous WorldWired concert clips online. It was certainly a clever way to get the audience chanting “hey!” in tandem without typical frontman antics.
Although it’s a far cry from Godsmack’s two-man “Batalla de los tambores” between that band’s drummer Shannon Larkin and frontman Sully Erna, it will be interesting to see if Metallica decide to pull this drum jam out on future dates and perhaps take it to the next level. The next tour stops, in Brazil, Argentina, and Chile, are coming up in the next eight days, so we will know soon enough. Heavy metal certainly calls for intense bashing, so why not bring it on?
March 3rd show:
1992 drum jam from Live Sh*t: Binge & Purge: