Metallica successfully performed a 10-song concert in Antarctica on Sunday (December 8th), with photos from the historic show posted at the band's official Facebook page. A statement from the band said, "This was the most unique show Metallica has ever done. The band, contest winners, research station scientists (from Russia, South Korea, China, Poland, Chile, Brazil and Germany), and the ship crew, all crammed in this little dome out on the helipad of Carlini Station in Antarctica! The energy in the little dome was amazing! Words cannot describe how happy everyone was."
- Metallica's gig was just the second rock concert ever performed on the Earth's southernmost continent. During the Live Earth series of concerts in 2007, a band called Nunatak -- comprised of research scientists stationed on the continent -- played a small show.
- The Metallica concert was sponsored by Coca-Cola Zero and fans from several Latin and South American countries had a chance to enter a contest and win the opportunity to join the band on the expedition.
- The concert took place under a dome at the Carlini Argentine Base and was heard by the fans through headphones, with no other amplifiers or sound system. The gig was also live-streamed in the participating countries.
SIDE NOTES: Metallica's South Pole set list was:
"For Whom The Bell Tolls"
"Sad But True"
"Welcome Home (Sanitarium)"
"Master Of Puppets"
"Nothing Else Matters"
"Seek & Destroy"
CHECK IT OUT: See photos from the show at Metallica's Facebook page
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth -- agree or not?
Greg T Carpenter wrote: "That would have been an amazing event to be at!"
John Smith wrote: "Kinda gimmicky, but still awesome."
Ian Fraser wrote: "Ten songs? You're only in Antarctica for a gig once. Play the first four albums in entirety! Maybe their fingers were getting too cold..."
Patrik Ringstrom wrote: "How the f*** did they not play 'trapped under ice'?? Missed opportunity right there."
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