Quality fan-filmed video footage of the “accident” that occurred during METALLICA‘s August 18 concert at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada can be seen below (courtesy of InvertedMag.com).
A member of METALLICA‘s road crew caught fire during the show, as the the stagehand was seen struggling with a malfunctioning pyro launcher during “Enter Sandman” when he was suddenly engulfed in flame. As James Hetfield called for the band to stop playing, other crew members doused the man with fire extinguishers and took him off the stage in stretchers, with the band resuming its show a few minutes later.
A spokesperson for METALLICA‘s concert promoter previously said the stunt was “all part of the show,” and in fact the band has staged this type of “accident” before during its 1997 tour, on which the show ended with the stage seemingly collapsing around the group as one crew member caught fire and another dangled upside down from the fallen lighting rig. The effect was caught on the band’s “Cunning Stunts” DVD.
METALLICA‘s recent show in Mexico City marked the debut of a new 140-foot-by-50-foot stage that features “colossal components and striking visual elements spanning the band’s entire 30-year career,” meaning that the “accident” stunt could be back for an encore.
At a July 28 press conference before the first show in Mexico City, frontman James Hetfield said that the band was focused on “staying alive” while performing alongside the “dangerous elements” of the new production, with bassist Robert Trujillo adding, “Like James said, it’s very dangerous — we’ve got stuff flying every which way.”
METALLICA played the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco earlier in the month and is scheduled to perform two shows in late August in Vancouver, which will be filmed for the band’s upcoming 3D movie.