In 1993 I saw my favorite band Metallica for the very first time in my life. That was in tel Aviv. “Tel Aviv is great fucking city!” – shouted James Hetfield from the stage… It was like yesterday, more than 20 years ago. I was almost 20 years old, a soldier. I told my officer that no mater what, I’m gonna go and see Metallica, just can’t miss the event.
I was there in the crowd… Almost three hours of pure Metal awesomeness. Without a single break…well, maybe just for cup of beer. Yeah, that was the time. Jason Newsted brought some beer to James, and also had one himself… “Harvester of Sorrow”, “Disposable Heroes”, “One”, “Sanitarium”, “Creeping Death”… Well, I knew perfectly they gonna start from “Creeping Death”, that was Israel, man. Where else it could belong more than there?! “Slaves Hebrews born to serve to the Pharaoh…” Unbelievable. Remember all the details of the concert and will never forget’em.
As a trophy I still have the ticket. Ticket, which my officer helped me to purchase with some discount he had. I saved it, and I’ll keep it for the rest of my days.
Today is September 26 2013, well… actually, it’s already 27. A bit more than two hours ago James Hetfield signed that ticket. Oh man, I can’t believe it! I just came back from San Francisco. I was there at the first public screening of Metallica: Through The Never movie at AMC Metreon 16 Theater. Yeah, I know, I already saw it, but I could not miss Mr. Hetfield’s introduction hosted by Nikki Blakk.
Before it started, I was standing close to the office where he was. One of his representatives kindly agreed as an exception to take the ticket inside and ask James to sign it. I very appreciate it and would like to thank both of them. This item is extremely valuable for me. It became now a great gift for my upcoming 40th birthday. I very hope, at some point I’ll be able to interview James and to take a picture with him holding that ticket. May God Bless You!
On Nov/07/1993, Kirk Hammett also signed the ticket for me, at “The Black Cat” and “White Zombie” movies screening in San Francisco Balboa Theater. Here is the new look: