They showed class and they showed they deserved to be there. I couldn’t help but wonder, when they played a blistering version of “Master of Puppets,” how many people in that room were getting Metallica – the real Metallica – for the first time. And liking it.
The class part came in not only flying so many old friends and comrades to the show, and Cliff Burton’s father accepting for him, but having former bassist Jason Newsted play their mini set (they also played “Enter Sandman”) right alongside current bassist Robert Trujillo. Seeing Newsted up there brought back a lot of memories for a lot of people. And they sounded pretty good for going Spinal Tap with two bassists. Maybe they should invite Jason back for good …
Though I’m not technically a business reporter – and barely still a reporter at all – I still find it imperitive to bring you the following breaking news from the food industry. Because nothing in the world tastes better than free food.
I just read that third installments of both Men in Black and the Ghostbusters franchises are in the works. And It makes me very sad that Hollywood is so dried-up that they’d even consider this. Right now, a tear runs down my face, as if I was an Indian on the side of the road, watching people throw trash out their windows at my moccasins.
We received this press release this morning. This is about as likely as re-naming the Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord “Lars Ulrich’s Creeping Death Pavilion.” Which, come to think of it, sounds pretty awesome …
Anyway, here’s the press release/joke:
KID ROCK ACQUIRES NAMING RIGHTS TO THE HOME OF THE DETROIT TIGERS
Detroit, MI – It was announced today that Kid Rock has purchased the naming rights to the home of the Detroit Tigers for an undisclosed sum. Kid Rock and The Michigan Brewing Company, in a separate negotiation, are proud to announce that Kid Rock’s forthcoming new line of beer will become the official beer of the Detroit Tigers.
Says Kid Rock, “This has been a dream of mine for a long time, and with the banks in trouble it seemed like the right time for me to reach out to the fine people at Comerica Bank. Since they relocated to Dallas after opening the stadium here, they were very open to the idea of making this deal. I’ve never been more excited for opening day, and I’m proud to be able to add my name to the legacy of my favorite baseball team.”