Metallica get up close with 18,000 fans at London O2

Band thank Metallica Camp for getting 'Death Magnetic' to Number One

Metallica played a fan-only ‘Death Magnetic’ album launch party at the London O2 Arena last night (September 15).

Following rumours of a low key stage set-up, the band played their set ‘in the round’ on the venue’s floor, without any of the pyrotechnics that have characterised recent shows.

Performing a vastly different set to their recent Reading And Leeds Festivals headline slots, Metallica performed a number of songs from ‘Death Magnetic’, which went straight to the top of the UK Album charts on Sunday (September 14).

Thanking the fanclub, Metallica Camp, for buying the new album, the band kicked off the gig with the new album’s opening two tracks, ‘That Was Just Your Life’ and ‘The End Of The Line’.

Fan favourite ‘One’ was played early in the set, followed by ‘Until It Sleeps’ and ‘Frantic’, which both received an enthusiastic response from the crowd.

At one point, frontman James Hetfield told the crowd: “Put your phones away, man. Putting a two-minute video of Metallica on YouTube isn’t going to make you famous. Just enjoy the show.”

The band insisted on leaving the house lights on for their three song encore, dropping huge black inflatable Metallica beach balls from the ceiling, which the band kicked around the venue during set closer ‘Seek And Destroy’.

Metallica played:

‘That Was Just Your Life’

‘The End Of The Line’

‘The Thing That Should Not Be’

‘Of Wolf and Man’

‘One’

‘Broken, Beat And Scarred’

‘Cyanide’

‘Frantic’

‘Until It Sleeps’

‘Wherever I May Roam’

‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’

‘The Day That Never Comes’

‘Master Of Puppets’

‘Blackened’

‘Stone Cold Crazy’

‘Jump In The Fire’

‘Seek And Destroy’

All proceeds for the night – which cost fanclub members just £5 – went to music charity Youthmusic.org.uk.

You can check out our gallery of images from the gig, as well as NME.COM‘s 25 things you didn’t know about Metallica picture gallery, online now.

Also visit the NME Office Blog for another view on Metallica at the 02 Arena.