Metallica treat Kiwi fans to 'Orion'
Cliff Burton performing with Metallica shortly before he was tragically killed in a road accident
By Daniel Rutledge
Metallica fans received a rare treat from the band in Auckland last night – they played the instrumental track ‘Orion’ in full.
The track is featured on the classic 1986 album Master of Puppets and was primarily composed by deceased bass player Cliff Burton. It is the closing music used in Cliff ‘Em All, a tribute video the band released in honour of Burton after his death.
The eight and a half minute track has not been played live since 2007, and prior to 2006 had not ever been played live from start to finish.
“We were certainly treated to something special in having ‘Orion’ performed in its entirety - a fantastic tribute to Cliff and the Auckland crowds,” says The Rock FM's Riccardo Ball, who has been a fan of the band since Master of Puppets was released.
“It was another unbelievable night from the masters of metal. Of the six shows I've seen on this tour this was undoubtedly the best and there was a genuine air of camaraderie between the band - who looked like kids in a candy store with beaming smiles throughout - and the audience, who took their participation to another level again from the previous night.”
The full setlist Metallica played at last night’s concert, the last of four World Magnetic tour dates in the country, is as follows:
- That Was Just Your Life
- Ride the Lightning
- Fade to Black
- Of Wolf and Man
- All Nightmare Long
- Sad But True
- The Unforgiven
- Master of Puppets
- Fight Fire With Fire
- Nothing Else Matters
- Enter Sandman
- Am I Evil?
- Phantom Lord
- Seek and Destroy
Metallica play in Brisbane tomorrow night before performing more concerts across Australia through until November 21, when the World Magnetic tour is scheduled to end.