Throwback Concert: Metallica at The XL Center 1997

Throwback Concert: Metallica at The XL Center 1997

Happy Birthday James Hetfield! The lead singer of Metallica turns 57 on August 3rd.

Today we look back at Metallica’s second-to-last show in Connecticut: 1997 at Hartford’s XL Center. Metallica would play at The XFINITY Theatre the following year in the summer of 1998, making that the last time the band performed here in our state.



Poor Touring Me World Tour

Opening Act: Corrosion of Conformity

Friday April 4, 1997

The XL Center (then known as The Hartford Civic Center)



  1. So What
  2. Creeping Death
  3. Sad But True
  4. Ain’t My Bitch
  5. Hero of the Day
  6. King Nothing
  7. One
  8. Wasting My Hate
  9. Bass / Guitar Solos
  10. Nothing Else Matters
  11. Until It Sleeps
  12. For Whom The Bell Tolls
  13. Wherever I May Roam
  14. Fade To Black
  15. Seek & Destroy / Fight Fire With Fire
  16. Last Caress (encore)
  17. Master of Puppets (encore)
  18. Enter Sandman (encore)
  19. Am I Evil? (encore #2)
  20. Motorbreath (encore #2)



Check out these past live performances, including the full Hartford concert in 1997