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Metal masters Metallica thrill Mexican fans with burn-down-the-stage show

Metallica's lead vocalist James Hetfield poses at a photocall before his band's first of eight concert performances in Mexico City, Saturday, July 28, 2012. The heavy metal band added two more tour dates to their Mexico City run after a record six sold out August shows. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

MEXICO CITY - Metallica vocalist James Hetfield had warned things could get perilous at the start of the band's fifth tour of Mexico, saying "We're very focused on how dangerous this show is."

The audience of more than 22,000 believed it too. Many of the fans were visibly terrified Saturday night as the band re-enacted its burn-down-the-stage performance from 1998's "Cunning Stunts" video album.

At one point a technician fled across the stage like a human torch in a Mexico City show that featured explosions, pyrotechnics, laser lights and the odd giant coffin.

Hours earlier Hetfield said the tour would cover the band's 31 years of performing.

Metallica has scheduled seven more shows at Mexico City's Sports Palace before heading to dates in San Francisco and Edmonton, Canada.

News from © The Associated Press, 2012
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