Metallica played its first Duluth show twenty years ago at the DECC. It was the …And Justice For All tour, and I must say it totally rocked.
I don’t know the exact date, because they weren’t careful about tearing tickets in those days, but I know it was in the early part of 1989. I was 16 years old.
Also 16 at the time, pictured above rocking hard, is one of PDD’s founders. God bless him.
This was back when the DECC still did shows with “festival seating,” which meant there would be no actual sitting on the main floor, but rather a free-for-all mosh pit.
Metallica returned to Duluth on Nov. 9, 1991. I went to that show, but it was totally boring. Metallica’s music wasn’t interesting anymore, and the DECC was heavily enforcing a sit-in-your-assigned-seat-and-don’t-touch-anyone policy.
I think there might have been another Metallica show after that, but there wasn’t much reason to care at that point. Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Jane’s Addiction, et. al. were much more interesting by then.
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