Van Coke Kartel end the opening set, the crowd is getting restless in anticipation of the encore performance from Metallica that's taken seven years. The lights drop and every Metallicat in the Belville Velodrome lose their S*** - Metallica launch into their set with a blast of speed metal dedicated to their "insane" fans - Hit the Lights.
We're instantly transported from the Velodrome onto the Desert Rock Tour of Guitar Hero and are now the puppets to their strings, moved by the music. The acoustics are amazing - the sound literally permeates the sea of bodies as we punch our fists into the air chanting in unison. We're standing before true legends of rock, and they're rapidly thrashing through their set with raw, emotive energy.
Four songs in and there's a subtle drum roll, followed by a familiar riff and we go crashing into power ballad, The Unforgiven - one of the five tracks played off the Black album. The Unforgiven is to Metallicats what Like a Virgin is to Japanese karaoke revellers - every lyric comes from somewhere within. Well more than half the set pays tribute to the Metallica of the 80s - the band in their prime. The only song played off Death Magnetic (2008) is Broken, Beat & Scarred - no-one's disappointed though, everyone's here to hear the classics!