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What happened when Metallica went live in Quebec

Live Review

Venue: Festival d’Ete Quebec, Quebec City, Canada

Seek and destroy: the metal titans bring their fan-pleasing thrash-country‑metal mix to the masses in a kick-ass show

”It comes to life!” reads the legend emblazoned across Kirk Hammett’s guitar, a rendering of the 1932 movie poster for Boris Karloff’s The Mummy. He’s not wrong. For 11 days every July, the quaint/modern streets of Quebec City are reanimated.

This year the sports bars, Irish theme pubs and chic brasseries of the walled old town, a place that ‘borrows’ history from 17th-century France, fill with the relieved parents of the pop kids dropped off at P!NK for the night. Even several hours’ drive out of town, the day-trippers going whale watching out of Baie-Sainte-Catherine are chattering about the previous night’s Gorillaz set.

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