Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield
Metallica sometimes still earn the title of greatest thrash band on earth, because they can play like more than the sum of their parts: James Hetfield, the riff master; Kirk Hammett, the shredder supreme; new(ish) guy Robert Trujillo, the bringer of monstrous low end; and Lars Ulrich, who every once in a while decides to not drum totally horribly. The four horsemen hit Solider Field last night in support of the 2016 album Hardwired . . . to Self-Destruct
, performing their first Chicago show since 2009 (if you don't count Lollapalooza in 2015, which you shouldn't). It delivered exactly what you'd want, or at least what you'd expect, out of late-period Metallica: insanely loud guitars, pyrotechnics, and thrash classics new and old. Photographer Bobby Talamine came out to document the destruction.