Metallica Live at a Raiders Tailgate Party. Oakland. 2003. FREE

30 03 2009

Like most people, I haven’t paid that much attention to Metallica since junior high school but I will say there was a period around 2003 where they were doing some interesting shows. They did a secret show at Kimos, they took a page from Johnny Cash and did a show at San Quentin, and probably the most unique, they did a free tailgate show at a Raiders game.

Master of Puppets is an amazing studio song and very easy to massacre live. Even with all its flaws, I like this performance a lot for no other reason that Metallica is all decked out in Raiders gear. I’m not a sports guy at all. I have no idea who is on what team and honestly don’t care, but I love the Raiders uniform. It doesn’t matter if you’re into speed metal or gangster rap, if you dress in black and have an alpha male vibe going on then the Raiders uniform is already built into your look. Black is timeless. It’ll never go out of style.

And look at that logo. While other teams have sharks or tigers or bears, what is the Raider’s brand? A guy who’s visually impaired, handicapped some would say, that’s been stabbed in the head. Twice. What kind of turn-of-the-century, Gangs of New York mentality is it to chop that guy’s head off and parade it around as your team’s mascot?! It’s a hell of an icon though…

You can’t see any of them in this video, but I love the glam faction of the Raider Nation. Its part fanboy homage to 1970’s KISS meets Hello Kitty Vader .

Go get your GWAR on!

Cheer up Emo Raider kid. It’s not that bad.

Now if only I could somehow harness the awesome marketing power of this demographic to do my bidding …

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9 04 2009
leia510

Rrrraaaaiiiiiddddeeeerrrrrssssss!!!!

3 06 2011
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