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03 February 2009 @ 09:01 pm
Weekend recap  
Let me backtrack a bit to Thursday night concert.  We got to the venue purposely late as we didn't care much for one of the opening bands.  We had a few drinks with friends who were also went in the outside smoking area,  It was freezing that night and I was only wearing a light jacket because I didn't want to be standing around all night with my heavy coat.  By the time hubbie and I headed to the general admission area, my hands were completely numb.  We got in halfway through Machinehead's set.  They were really good.  I need to investigate them further.  They did an awesome cover of Iron Maiden's "Hallowed be thy name."  While waiting for Metallica to go on, I deduced we were going to be in for trouble.  I could tell just by the level of douche bags in our immediate vicinity that a mosh pit was inevitable.  And they didn't disappoint.  I got tossed around a bit as we were stuck in the vortex between not one, but two mosh pits.  Seriously people, I want to enjoy the music and not have to worry about getting slammed into.  At one point we were pressed so tight together that I was literally sandwiched between my husband and two other guys.  It was absolutely sweltering.  But it was all worth it.  Metallica played an awesome show.  The highlight of that evening for me was "Creeping Death."  I just love shouting/chanting "DIE!" at the change-up.  And we got pretty close to the stage.  If there were rows, we would have been the equivalent of five rows back.  

These were taken at Saturday's show where we got a little closer.  Click to enlarge.





They played a great mix of new and old stuff both nights.  Saturday's show in New Jersey had a better set list IMO and the crowd was a lot nicer too.  No mosh pits too worry about and at one point the kid standing next to me accidentally stepped on my foot and he apologized!  That night we were treated to such classics as "Ride the lightening," "For whom the bell tolls," and the extremely rarely played "...and justice for all."  Well worth the price of admission.  At the end of both shows, dozens of black beach balls with the Metallica logo on them fell from the rafters into the crowd.  That created much chaos, but it was really fun.  I almost caught one of the picks the bassist, Robert threw, but someone else managed to snatch it after it bounced off my hand.  Oh well.  

The hotel we stayed at in Manhattan was nice.  Nothing amazing, but nothing wrong.  Our room was on the 39th floor which made looking out the window quite dizzying.  It was half a block away from the heart of Times Square which was cool.  Friday night, we went to a really awesome Japanese BBQ restaurant.  There are small hibachi grills built into the table and you order pieces of meat that they bring to you and you cook it yourself.  Lots of fun.  We had kobe beef, chicken, shrimp, vegetables, and Chilean sea bass.  All were very nummy.  

Then, Saturday before the concert we went to the Museum of Modern Art and walked around there for a few hours.  Unfortunately all of the paintings I was looking forward to seeing-- Starry Night, Christina's World, The Persistence of Memory--were all on tour.  Total bummer.  We also had to make an obligatory stop at Toy Tokyo where I picked up another Bleach mini-model.  I was very happy to discover that I got Bankai Ichigo this time and not Hitsugaya like I did with everything I picked up in Japan.  Then it was off to Jersey.  All that walking around before was a huge mistake.  My legs were crying afterward so bad.  I am so out of shape :(   We got back from the concert just after 1 AM and were starving.  Who would have thought that all the restaurants in Times Square stop serving food at 1?  Well, they do.  FAIL!  So, we ended up in McDonald's as it was the only place still serving food.  

I have to say that it was very nice being able to sleep as late as I wanted to, but I still missed my little guy.  I guess it was guilt for leaving him.  He was very happy to see me on Sunday, but he cried whenever I left his line of sight.  He was worried I was going to leave again.  If he was angry with me, he got his revenge yesterday when he damn near broke my nose by headbutting me in the face.  My eyes watered it hurt so bad.  It still kinda hurts today.  Parenting is a contact sport!   
 
 
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rookafrk on February 6th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
sounds like it was a lot of fun !
oh, and I love the MoMA !
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on February 7th, 2009 01:52 am (UTC)
Yeah, MoMA is great. It was changed are since I was last there. Lots more stuff to see this time around.
belgnborbelgnbor on February 7th, 2009 07:22 am (UTC)
Ozyaoi here
We saw Metallica when they came to Australia a few years ago.They were great we were outnumbered by teenagers at that concert.If you ever get the chance go see Iron Maiden live we did when they came to Australia not long ago and although I am a major fan of Metallica it was even better than their concert a certain must see and the teenagers were way outnumbered by adults at that one it was great seeing all the old Jackets with badges etc on them being worn.Anywho glad you had a great time and we all certainly miss the kiddies while we are away from them.I hope you keep on updating all your fics when you get the chance because your stories are awesome.....ozyaoi (I am actually Ozyaoi but I am logged on my sisters comp and she is belgnbor )