In June I went to the Download festival, as it was my birthday, and Metallica (the greatest band of all time) were headlining, so it was a no-brainer.
Through outrageously good fortune I had VIP passes, which allowed me access to the snakepit at the front of the stage, and also to watch the gig from the side of the stage if I wanted.
I was determined that fate was conspiring to enable me to meet the band. James Hetfield is like a god to me.
Sadly, I didn’t get to meet the band. All the same, it was an unbelievable show, and undoubtedly the best gig I’d ever been to.
Before Metallica took to the stage, I found myself in the backstage area, outside the band’s ‘Tuning & Attitude’ room, where they tune up etc before the show. I have watched many, many videos of the band in this room before gigs, and I couldn’t believe that I was right outside, and I could hear them riffing away on the other side of the door.
I thought that this would be the closest I’d ever get to my musical heroes.
That was until I got home and looked at my photos.
See that guy behind me? That’s Kirk Hammett, Metallica’s lead guitarist. And you know the worst thing about it?
I NEVER EVEN KNEW HE WAS THERE.
I will meet Metallica one day. And I’ll make sure to look in the right direction when I do.