Metallica hail Knebworth as 'Best' date of Sonisphere tour

HEAVY metal legends Metallica closed the Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth on Sunday night with an explosive two-hour set. After six dates across Europe with Sonisphere, Lars Ulrich was in no doubt the weekend s climax in Hertfordshire was the highlight of

HEAVY metal legends Metallica closed the Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth on Sunday night with an explosive two-hour set.

After six dates across Europe with Sonisphere, Lars Ulrich was in no doubt the weekend's climax in Hertfordshire was the highlight of the tour.

"This is the best yet," said the Metallica founder member and drummer.

"We played six Sonisphere shows this year and Knebworth was the one."


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And the Knebworth Park finale was extra special for singer James Hetfield.

He celebrated his 46th birthday a day early as the Knebworth crowd turned the tables on the Metallica lead guitarist with a chorus of Happy Birthday.

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Hetfield's family and friends also joined the band on stage after their triumphant performance and plastered James with cream pies!

The iconic Metallica frontman had earlier ditched his guitar during set closer Seek and Destroy and got up close and personal with the fans by singing the rest of the song with them.

Sonisphere's Sunday headliners opened with Blackened and then treated their fans to a set of old and new songs.

The band's memorable show included rarely performed tracks such as Hit the Lights, Fade to Black and Dyers Eve, as well as familiar faves like Nothing Else Matters, Cyanide and Enter Sandman.

Trent Reznor's band Nine Inch Nails had earlier taken to the Apollo main stage for their final UK performance.

Other highlights on Sunday included a surprise 'guest' appearance from Machine Head after they had earlier pulled out of the festival, Limp Bizkit wowing the crowds like they had done at Download earlier in the summer and Saturn headliners Avenged Sevenfold.

Nu-metal favourites Linkin Park topped the bill the night before with a set packed with their biggest hits.

Sonisphere will return to Knebworth in 2010.

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