Metallica Meetup

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James checking out the bike!!

After 3 years of trying i finally won in may 2008  a meet and greet contest with the Metallica Fanclub. 30th of may was D-day. I was really going to meet them. I had to be at the entrance of the backstage area at 5 o'clock pm just 3 hours before the concert. 13 lucky people showed up for the meet. Everybody was pretty excited and brought stuff to sign by the band. The rull was you only bring 2 items to sign, nut some people had a whole bag full of stuff.

After landed a Dutch local airport in the South of the Netherlands Metallica got into a couple of taxies and were escorted to the festival Area. During this trip a colleague of mine form the border police had a worse accident on his motorbike. Hey was ran over by a big truck who didn't saw him. He almost lost his life during this accident. Metallica's personal doctor saved his life!!! It is almost a year ago and my colleague is still at home fighting to keep his righ arm.

James
He already had 10 surgeries. But he is still alive!! Metallica wished him good look with his recovery in a letter to my colleague. He also got a fee backstage ticket for him and his family. Hey will use when he gets better!! Good Luck.

A guy from the crew showed up and signed us in on his list, we all got a sticker on our t-shirt wich allowed us backstage excess. 2 people didn't showed up so we tried to get Jasmyn in also but they didn't allowed it, strange, because the metallica guys wouldn't mind. But we tried and lost!!!
Than he took us backstage and we had to wait a couple of minutes before the first metallica member Kirk Hammet arrived. It was a great moment. We spoke a bit and he signed some items. I brought a metallica club t-shirt and the cd from masterr of puppets. After Kirk Robert came out of the 'compound' and did the same route.

Lars and me
Nice guy! Metallica had there one backstage area away from all the other bands and filled with security.

Than my favorite band member. Mr James Allen Hetfield. That is the leadsinger of the band. Hey is great relax guy and full of humor. Had a quick chat and het signed my lake!. The day after i tattood it over!!!! At last but not least MR Lars Ulrich came out. Hey was out the longest and chatted with everybody. Great 'small'funny guy. Doesn't look like a rockstar and a multi miljonair (but he is!!) Never the less,. thiswas a day never to forget, once in a lifetime. 2 hours after the meet, metallica played all there famous songs at a 2 hours gig at Pinkpop!!!!

Info (wikipadia):

Metallica is an American heavy metal band that formed in 1981 in Los Angeles.

Kirk and me
Founded when drummer Lars Ulrich posted an advertisement in a Los Angeles newspaper, Metallica's line-up has primarily consisted of Ulrich, Rythem guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, and lead guitarist Kirk Hammet, while going through a number of bassists. Currently, the spot is held by Robert Truijilo.

Metallica has released nine Studio almbums, two Live Albums, two EPs, twenty-two music videos, and forty-three singles. The band has won seven Grammy awards, and has had five consecutive albums debut at number one on the Billboard 200, making Metallica the only band ever to do so. The band's 1991 album, Metallica, has sold over 15 million copies in the United States, and 22 million copies worldwide, which makes it the 25th-highest-selling album in the country. The band has sold an estimated 100 million records worldwide as of the release of their latest album Death Magnetic. As of September 2008, Metallica is the fourth highest-selling music artist since the Soundscan era began tracking sales on May 25, 1991, selling a total of 51,136,000 albums in the United States alone.

moshers_moll says:
I know I've probably smiled at these photo's a million times already, but I am still so envious of you Dennis, you lucky, lucky man!! :-p
Posted on: Jun 24, 2009
Travelbuddys says:
Tsja die jongens worden toch een beetje geleefd!! Maar ja zal toch wel willen ruilen!!
Posted on: Mar 14, 2009
gimpel says:
Zeker een dag om nooit te vergeten.Jammer dat het managenent bepaald hoe het gaat,en niet de bandleden.
Posted on: Mar 14, 2009
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James checking out the bike!!
James checking out the bike!!
James
James
Lars and me
Lars and me
Kirk and me
Kirk and me
Part y time!
Part y time!
5.30 D-day
5.30 D-day
65.000 people!!
65.000 people!!
Ready to go!!!
Ready to go!!!
Lucky winners!!
Lucky winners!!
Robert
Robert
James
James
Kirk and James
Kirk and James
Backstage at Pinkpop
Backstage at Pinkpop
James getting intervieuwd
James getting intervieuwd
Backstage at Pinkpop
Backstage at Pinkpop
Dutch radio DJ
Dutch radio DJ
Lars Ulrich
Lars Ulrich
The concert
The concert
EXIT LIGHT.......
EXIT LIGHT.......
Rockinnnn
Rockinnnn
Me and Jasmyn
Me and Jasmyn
James on a Police bike
James on a Police bike
Arriving in there jet at Maastrich…
Arriving in there jet at Maastric…
Unpacking the plane
Unpacking the plane
James taking a picture with someon…
James taking a picture with someo…
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