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Metallica Encounter Huge ‘Accident’ In Edmonton: All Fake, All REALLY Lame

Pro-quality footage (courtesy of InvertedMag) of Metallica playing in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada shows the band rocking “Enter Sandman” when, suddenly, one of their stage hands, who was trying to repair a pyro piece on stage, catches fire. Then, scaffolding and lighting begins to fall all around the band and a tech “falls” and “crashes” to the floor. The video can be seen below. But you know what? It was all fake.

According to Blabbermouth, a spokesperson for Metallica’s concert promoter says that this was “…all part of the show.” In fact, Metallica has staged something like this before and it can be seen in the Cunning Stunts DVD.

Okay, let me rattle off my issues with this whole situation. The first issue I have is that it looks incredibly fake. But this is only from certain perspectives. In fact, a YouTube comment on the video states, “I was there the man on fire I knew was staged. I was in the nose bleed section but the crew guy falling looked real from where I was sitting, but from this angle the fall looks controlled.Thecomicbookguy78

So this person thought that part of it was real while at the show. And this is where my second issue comes in.

Did Metallica really think it was a good idea to enact a stage collapse in front of a huge crowd? Really?!?! I don’t know if Metallica realizes that this type of thing has happened at least once or twice before. Smart move there, guys.

All that would need to happen is for one concert-goer to begin freaking out, thinking that it was real, to start a full blown panic. As Agent K said in Men In Black, “A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals…” If one person started screaming and freaking out, the possible viral reaction could have been catastrophic. Imagine tens of thousands of people trying to run out of an arena at the same time. This is where the word “stampede” comes into play.

Also, if the fact that collapsed stages have happened before with fatal results wasn’t enough of a reason to not pull this kind of stunt, how about the fact that James Hetfield himself was horribly burned in a stage pyro accident. And it was no stunt. He suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns to his arms and was out of commission for a few months.

So, “setting a guy on fire” while having the stage collapse all around the band… Not so smart guys. Not smart at all.

Overall, this was a dumb prank to pull that served no real purpose. You want to excite the crowd, Metallica? Just play your music and set off a few pillars of flame every now and again. No more, no less.

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  • Lonmonster

    This is just sad.

  • Full_Effect_Ed

    My first concert was Metallica back in April of 1997. 15 years ago, they did the same stunt at the show I attended.

  • whodis

    Jonathan, I’m surprised by your lack of research and your poor journalism. Surely by now you have read that Metallica are filming a movie at their recent and upcoming Canadian gigs. There was indeed a “real purpose” to these “pranks”, and that was for the movie. The “pranks” were all carefully executed and concert-goers were warned ahead of time as a safety precaution.

    • Jonathan Barkan

      Do you mean the August 24th concert in Vancouver that the band has been stating would be filmed for their upcoming film? The one in three days? According to multiple reports, only one date was being used for filming. That is the Vancouver date. There was no official filming at the Edmonton show.

      • Paul

        Seriously dude? As with whodis I have to re-state your lack of research. Metallica officially put out, last week, that they were also filming in Edmonton. James has stated in multiple PUBLIC interviews that he was fully behind the idea of it back in 1997, with the irony of his accident. Guess what, no mass hysteria happened back then and doing it for 8 shows in Mexico a few weeks ago, again not mass hysteria.

        I gotta say, this entire write up seems to be something Id expect from TMZ or another paparazzi blog with no real depth or facts..

      • mike


        The band filmed both Edmonton shows.


  • J-SiN

    I gotta agree with Jonathan on this one. Maybe not for all his reasons, but this is pretty lame and unnecessary. Play some music and leave the theatrics to those who do it right.

    I remember seeing Dio some 25+ years ago. He might have said 5 words all night. One song after the other for a good hour or so. Great show, exactly what I went for…music. This crap wasn’t even entertaining.

  • KeenanHood

    Maybe the Phantom of the Opera did it?!? …just saying!! Wheres the bar.. i need a drink!

  • Laynecobain

    It was to expect.And they did it in Vancouver on August 25 2012 again. 20 years before there was a big accident, and James was Burned really bad, and Axl Rose, (The biggest Rockstar douchebag couldn’t Take it that he wasnt in the middle of attention so he walks of stage and the fans started riots.
    where was this? Canada, Montreal, August 8 1992, Everybody
    knows Metallica and knew about Montreal 1992 and still believed it was real. You are so fucking dumb. it was expected by fans that Metallica would stage something because of the 20th anniversary of the Montreal Accident

    • Laynecobain


  • It’s like you guys totally forgot that it was for the Movie and was tied directly to the plot..but you know, whatever.

    Then again, the movie wasn’t released for another year, but still, edit buttons exist.

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