‘Gripping Your Pillow Tight': Watch Metallica Perform ‘Enter Sandman’ at PNC Park
Something special happens when Metallica play their most famous song in the third spot in their setlist.
Normally reserved for the finale, "Enter Sandman" received a new lease on life a few months ago when Metallica moved it up much earlier in their live shows. Now, instead of coming right after the slower "Nothing Else Matters" and closing the night out, Metallica have been typically performing "Enter Sandman" between "Creeping Death" and "Ride the Lightning." When you sandwich a song between those two thrashers, it gets taken to a whole new level.
Watch Metallica Perform "Enter Sandman" Live in Pittsburgh
With the Pittsburgh show in the books, Metallica have now performed "Enter Sandman" a total of 1,386 times, first pulling it out on Aug. 1, 1991, in Petaluma, Calif., at the Phoenix Theatre. At that show, they actually opened the night with it and also debuted "Sad But True" a little later in the set.
That song has been on the fucking song titles list for the last six years. I'd always looked at "Enter Sandman" and thought, 'What the fuck does that mean?' Me being brought up in Denmark and not knowing about a lot of this shit, I didn't get it. Then James [Hetfield] clued me in. Apparently the Sandman is like this children's villain—who comes and rubs and in your eyes if you don't go to sleep at night.
If you haven't downloaded Metallica's gig in Pittsburgh yet, you can grab details on the show—as well as check out pro-shot footage of their performance of "Moth Into Flame"—here.