Milano Review, 2009 from Assseto

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Our journey began with an EasyJet flight from Sofia to Milan two days before the concert. We passed the afternoon in a brief tour of the main attractions in town .Sunday passed in a similar way: walking and sightseeing . Again we started from the square of the cathedral Duomo filled with countless other tourists, pigeons and street vendors who tied you a bracelet “For Free” and a second after that they want 2 euros for it. Cathedral itself is remarkable and is a bit difficult to be described in words. At 6 O’clock in the evening we had a meeting with the members of the Italian chapter of the Metclub- Zonametallica, which fulfilled their promise and take us to the pre show party organized by them. Club Rock `n` Roll is outside Milan and we traveled around 30 minutes to there. We met one of the chapterheads -Mario, and a lot of the members of ZM, very nice and very friendly. The singer of the tribute band SaD had a lot of similarities with James from the beginning of the 90`s – his vision, and the faces that he was doing.

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They played ten songs and I must say that they were very great. After SaD`s performance the winners of the raffle organized by ZonaMetallica were announced , of course, among them was a representative of HOS – Maria, she won several awards and unleash her incredible luck. The next morning we found out the news that Maria won two tickets for the show and Meet and Greet. Events were turning out really great. Three people from HoS at M & G in Milan.

After resting in the hostel we made it to the venue – Datch Forum. The guys from ZM was occupied the entrance from 11 O’clock in the morning. With a blue sky and no clouds it was too hot.
Thus, nearly three hours they opened the doors and let us in groups of several people – safety measures. After more then four hours bask in the sun, running to the front row was a sip of fresh air. Shortly after rushing at the stairs we cling to the rail at the short side of the stage were James and Rob changed their guitars.
I was glad that Mastodon and Lamb of God had really short sets because I didn’t like them and the awful sound made things worse. In the middle of the Lamb of God performance one of the lucky winners found us and he was with big smile at his face after he met God. With the beginning of Ecstasy the long waited madness was released and I put all of the energy that was left in me. During the first two songs we have seen lasers that reflected in the glow of guitars and they were amazing. The crowd was louder than the speakers during The Memory Remains; we could make a BBQ at the fires of One, and hardly recognized My apocalypse because of the sound. In the middle of Sad but True, guards took me out to the medics. I collapsed for few seconds, and thanks to the quick reaction of Ivo I was safe. Two bottles of water were enough to get me back in the crowd, but at a greater distance from the scene where the sound was better. I found the other two lucky friends. The end of the set was а surprise for me and I was very pleased from both songs before Seek. Of course the venue was illuminated during the last song and balls began to fall right next to us. We got two and started to swell them (which is not an easy thing believe me) and at the end of Seek and Destroy we cast into the sea of people for guitar picks, which is twice as difficult. When Metallica went off the stage, we found our friend of HoS, happy and one of them with a drumstick from Lars. Exhausted but extremely happy we left the arena… I almost happy, a little bit sad and slightly angry at myself… Fatigue led us to sleep immediately, which was good because at the morning we had to get up very, very early to continue our journey to Rome.

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