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Andrew Russell
James Hetfield (left) and Lars Ulrich play the song 'Hardwired' when Metallica performed in Pittsburgh for the first time in 14 years at PPG Paints Arena, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018.

After a 14-year absence, Metallica brought their ear-splitting rage metal to eager Pittsburgh metalheads at PPG Paints Arena on Thursday night.

Performing in the round, they gave a highly energetic show, belying the fact that the band is in its 37th year.

Metallica took the stage around 8:45 p.m., kicking things off with two songs off their latest “Hardwired… to Self-Destruct” album – “Hardwired” and “Atlas, Rise.” They followed that with an extra-long version of the classic “Seek and Destroy.”

The band tweeted out its setlist for the show:

Throughout the show, singer James Hetfield, guitartist Kirk Hammet and bassist Rob Trujillo wandered to all corners of the stage while drummer, Lars Ulrich, jumped up from behind his kit between songs to acknowledge the crowd.

And from the looks of things this morning, the fans loved it.

Comedian Jim Breuer, best known as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live,” opened for the band.

Andrew Russell is a Tribune-Review staff writer.

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