And before we go too far off into the deep end, it's probably best we wrap this one up swiftly with one final look at our cover feature with Metallica. We joined the metal behemoths on the road in U.S. where they were treating 8,000 lucky Californians to the first live performances of songs from Load.
It was a free show, announced last minute and played in the back of a truck in the car park of a Tower Records store in 80 degree heat. They played So What, Creeping Death. Bitch, Until It Sleeps, Sad But True and Whiplash. Imagine being there?!
James Hetfield probably summed up the spirit in the camp at the time most succinctly when he said:
"When everyone's stopped talking about fucking haircuts and make-up and all the other shit, there'll just be the album"
Like an awful, unwanted Lawnmower Man sequel, we'll be back with more of this kind of guff soon. Okay, bye!