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Metallica’s Orion Festival Rocked Bader Field in Atlantic City [VIDEO]

Metallica’s Orion Festival + More came to Atlantic City this past weekend at Bader Field. An estimated 60,000+ fans over the 2-day event enjoyed an amazing variety of music, wrapped up each night with a performance by the legendary heavy metal group Metallica.

2012 Orion Music with Metallica in Atlantic City at Bader Field
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The performances by Metallica were the exclamation point each night but there was so much more to Orion. The event had music, a car show, an art wall, surfing competition, vendors and even a movie tent.  There was something there for everyone.

The music offered a broad scope for everyone, not just the hard core metal fans. Country star Erich Church performed as well as alternative rockers Modest Mouse and NJ natives, The Gaslight Anthem. That’s not to say the event didn’t have it’s share of phenomenal metal acts as well, including Avenged Sevenfold, Suicidal Tendencies, Sepultura and the Black Dahlia Murder.

Metallica of course pulled out all the stops playing a 2-hour set each night. The band performed one classic album each night in it’s entirety, with one cool twist: They played each album back to front.  On Saturday night, they performed 1985’s Ride the Lightning album. Then on Sunday, they rocked the house with 1991’s self-titled album (otherwise known as the ‘Black Album’)

Here are Metallica’s set lists for both nights, including the entire first night’s show, in case you weren’t lucky enough to be there to see it live.

Night 1 – (Ride the Lightning)

Hit the Lights’

‘Master of Puppets’

‘The Four Horsemen’

‘Sad But True’

Robert Trujillo Bass Solo

‘Hell and Back’

‘The Call of Ktulu’

‘Creeping Death’


‘Trapped Under Ice’

‘Fade to Black’

‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’

‘Ride the Lightning’

‘Fight Fire with Fire’

‘Nothing Else Matters’

‘Enter Sandman’




‘Seek and Destroy’ (dedicated to the memory of original bassist Cliff Burton)


Night 2- (The Black Album)

‘Hit the Lights’

‘Master of Puppets’


‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’

‘The Shortest Straw’

‘The Struggle Within’

‘My Friend of Misery’

‘The God that Failed’

‘Of Wolf and Man’

‘Nothing Else Matters’

‘Through the Never’

‘Don’t Tread on Me’

‘Wherever I May Roam’

‘The Unforgiven’

‘Holier Than Thou’

Lars Ulrich Drum Solo

‘Sad But True’

Robert Trujillo Bass Solo

‘Enter Sandman’




‘Seek and Destroy’ (dedicated to Metallica’s fans and the late bassist Cliff Burton)


Here is the video of  Metallica’s full live show from Day 1 of Orion:

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