No donkeys or elephants at this rock party
Obama wasn't the only one who rocked the house on election night. As most of our nation held it's breath on Nov. 4, eyes glued to the television, Metallica simultaneously rocked Denver.
Barack who? McCain what? As if "Nothing Else Matter[ed]," Metallica packed over 16,000 into the Pepsi Center. They weren't alone though, as rock groups Down and The Sword opened up the night with a kick.
Metallica launched its current North America tour, the first in four years, to support their recently released album, Death Magnetic. The album came with a bit of new flavor as musical genius Rick Rubin was hired on as a fresh producer. Rick Ruben is most recently famous for producing Jay Z's "99 Problems," and The Dixie Chick's "Not Ready To Make Nice," among others. He's no new face to the scene, however, as his past endeavors include the original DJ of the Beastie Boys, co-founder of Def Jam Records (with Russell Simmons) and producer of the Johnny Cash's "American series" albums.
The CD hit the streets in early September with quite a bit of success, marking the band's fifth consecutive studio album to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 and making them the first band to ever do so.
The night passed by with little mention of any politics. But, during an intermission, text messages started flying in of Barack Obama's historical nomination, and cheers and hugs swept through the masses.