Metallica/ Avenged Sevenfold/ Volbeat Concert

Metallica/ Avenged Sevenfold/ Volbeat Concert

U.S. Bank Stadium

Minneapolis, MN

August 2016

 

Story Soundtrack:

- King Nothing by Metallica

- Buried Alive by Avenged Sevenfold

- The Devil’s Bleeding Crown by Volbeat

 

I knew getting tickets for Metallica’s concert in Minneapolis, MN would be difficult. I was glad they went on sale on Good Friday, so I was off work and able to try for tickets at home. With today’s technology and scalpers buying up all the desired concert tickets I didn’t have much hope of getting a pair.

When Ticketmaster tells you something along the lines of “not to refresh or hit back or you will lose your place in line” it feels like that page is loading for years and all you want to do is just that. Is it frozen? Is there an error? Are they sold out already?! After 10 minutes of waiting (im)patiently two tickets appeared on my page.

Ticket Stub

This concert was part of U.S. Bank Stadium’s opening concert weekend, which was taking place in August, so I had nothing to read yet online about which seats were good for concerts. To my surprise I got Section 311 Row 1. Yes, Row 1! I had to take a double take, but quickly checked out before the time ran out. I hate that they only give you so many minutes to enter in your life’s information. It cost $159.92 USD for 2 tickets. I read online about an hour later about this show selling out in just 10 minutes!


The concert was a Saturday night, so we started driving Friday morning for the 14.5-hour road trip from Southern Ontario. We stayed at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson in Bloomington West, MN because it was a lot cheaper than downtown Minneapolis ($135 CDN/night- free parking, wifi and breakfast). It was also close to the Mall of America, which I wanted to visit. The hotel needed a lot of updates, room was very tiny, breakfast wasn’t very good, but the bed was so comfortable!

Hotel Room

Saturday morning we made our way to the Mall of America, which was a 15-minute drive from our hotel. Minneapolis was soooo cold this entire weekend! I’m from Southern Ontario and we were having a heat wave at the time so I never thought I’d ever say I missed the weather back home. Getting into the parking garage was kind of difficult due to very congested traffic, but once you’re in the parking garages they were very easy to navigate and the parking was free.

The mall is very large, but I found doing level by level was the easiest way to tackle stores. I started out trying to do store by store that I marked down on a map, but I found that wasted too much time. The mall is basically big ovals with all the attractions in the middle so if you have no interest in those it's easy to navigate.

We ate at Shake Shack, which was a 30-minute wait to order and then another 20 minutes to receive the food. They do not have a lot of seating in the actual Shake Shack but you can bring the food out into the food court. My boyfriend loved the one he ordered which was the SmokeShack- smoked bacon, cherry peppers and their special sauce. We also had the crinkle cut cheese fries, which looked very unappealing but were delicious. The peanut butter milkshake was also really good. No photos were took as I was so hungry I just tore into it.

We went back to the hotel to change and then drove back near the mall and parked at the 28th Avenue light rail station (for free) and took it directly to the U.S. Bank Stadium stop in a 30-minute ride. That is crazy cheap! There were workers checking people’s metro pass ticket going home to make sure they had one.

I had heard horror stories about the long line for security the previous night during the Luke Bryan concert, but we got there at 5:30pm and walked right through. I had to purchase a clear bag as my purse ($7 USD at Dicks Sporting Goods store), which was simple to get through security with, as it was required for entry as part of the NFL stadium bag policy.

U.S. Bank Stadium

The stadium was huge and at the time anyway they needed more signs or more workers showing people to their seat because in the hour before the concert started about 10 people were in the wrong seat around us and had to move to their correct seat. I think the confusion was with numbers versus letters. We were Row 1, and this guy who was Row A thought that meant the same thing and tried to kick us out, which wasn’t happening.

Row 1

The concert started on time with Volbeat opening. This was my first time seeing this band and they were really good. I used to be really diligent of writing down set lists of concerts I attended but have slacked the past few years. This website is really helpful for recalling songs performed. I have to admit I have a bit of a hard time understanding Volbeat’s lyrics just listening by ear, but they put on a great show.

This was my 3rd time seeing Avenged Sevenfold in concert. Their stage set wasn’t as elaborate as I was used to, but they still put on a good show. They played God Hates Us, which I hadn’t seen since the first time I saw them play in Toronto in 2011.

Deathbat
A7X
A7x
A7X

I like to pretend he's personally singing to me here...

A7X
A7X
A7X

My camera's sound is horrible for concerts, especially rock ones, but here is a short clip I took of A7X performing Almost Easy to show the view from our seats. Bonus: M. Shadows laughing. 

I had wanted to see Metallica for quite some time, but they never seemed to play in my area or anywhere in driving distance. This concert was before their new album Hardwired…to Self-Destruct came out and they premiered the title track at this show.

Metallica had a very basic stage set-up but their presence was so large I hardly noticed. They played 19 tracks in total, including some of my favourites with The Memory Remains and Wherever I May Roam.

I was really hoping for my absolute favourite Turn the Page, but no luck. Yes I know that’s a cover song but it’s still my #1.

Stadium Opinion:

- The sound was horrible for the most part, very muffled, which was really disappointing. It was honestly too loud- I know it’s Metallica and all but it truly was as it distorted the sound.

- Cup holders were on the ground- seemed like a huge tripping hazard.

- Seats are VERY tiny. I had a woman beside me and the whole night she was in 2/3 of my seat because there was no barrier between the two, so people just spill onto each other’s seats.

- Security during the concert needed to be better. The 4 guys beside us kept dumping their beer on the people below us.

- Never had a problem for the bathroom, but I'm a girl and it was a Metallica show where a majority of people there were men.

- Food prices were high but food was very good.

- Didn't like how the sun was coming through the glass during a rock show at the beginning. It ruined the feel of the concert.

We took the light rail back to the hotel and crashed for the night around 1am. The next morning we went back to the mall for a bit and then started on our long trip home around 3 in the afternoon. At 2am we stopped at the Iowa 80-World’s Largest Truck Stop in Walcott, IA.

It’s open 24 hours and was dead there at the time, but everyone working was very friendly. We explored the place and got to take pictures in the transport truck they have on display in the back. It was late and I had just taken my makeup off so sunglasses were a must.

Truck Stop

We slept in our car for a few hours and then headed to an Airbnb we had pre-booked in Toronto to continue on with our concert weekend.

Open Mic:

1. What’s the furthest you’ve driven to attend a concert?

2. Have you seen any of these bands perform before and if so where?

3. What were the hardest tickets to find for a concert you wanted to attend?

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