Metallica at the Apollo a.k.a one of the greatest nights of my life

As a Liquid Metal and Octane host,  not only was I lucky enough to get the chance to work a show inside the world famous Apollo Theater in Harlem this past weekend for SiriusXM. But I got to host a METALLICA show, the band that made me into the man I am today. It was one of the most memorable nights of our lives, and by “our,” I’m talking about the 1,500 lucky SiriusXM subscribers/attendees who witnessed firsthand the magic that happened, along with the 25 million listeners glued to their speakers for our exclusive Mandatory Metallica channel broadcast!Metallica Apollo Credentials

For one thing, about an hour before Metallica took the stage, I got to go backstage and interview drummer Lars Ulrich as he was eating cold chicken and a plate full of broccoli. This is probably like the fourth interview I’ve done with Lars while he’s eating?! Haha!!! Then, throughout the evening, I got a chance to work with my favorite SXM rock dudes (and dudette) Shawn “The Butcher” Winkler (Liquid Metal), Kayla (Octane), Vinny Usuriello (Octane/E-Street Radio), Scotty “The Body” Crynock (Liquid Metal) and Bryan Cullen (Faction) in an intense LIVE radio setting and we nailed it!

Right before I went on the world’s most famous stage to introduce the band (who needs no introduction, but I got to do it anyway!), my heart was jumping out of my skin, but it came like an out-of-body experience. It was an outpouring of love that captured the energy in the air and got everyone pumped up for what was about to come!  METALLICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Metallica Hetfield Hammet

Metallica’s James Hetfield and Kirk Hammet on stage at the Apollo

For over two hours, ‘tallica covered some of the best songs of their career, from Hit the Lights to Harvester of Sorrow; Blackened to Battery. They covered it all. About halfway into the show, my sexy wife and I went to our seats, which happened to be right behind my idol Howard Stern! Melissa and I rocked out with Howard and some of my friends from the Stern crew; Richard, Sal, Tracy, Brian, Ronnie, Mike, Ralph and Gary! I even gave Howard one of my Metallica guitar picks and he was air-guitaring to their songs with it. I was geeking out so bad and it just added to an already AMAZING evening with my family, friends, co-workers and idols!

One of the coolest things that I’ll always remember, besides the Lars Ulrich shout out at the end of the show (in the same breadth as our President Scott Greenstein AND Howard Stern!?), was the fact that EVERYONE that attended our event – the fans, the press, the industry – ALL of them were blown away not only by the brilliance of the mighty Metallica, but by SiriusXM, which really knows how to throw a party! This past Saturday night will go down as one of the highlights of my life, and massive THANKS to Metallica for letting us bring their perfect music to the masses!!!

Metallica Live At The Apollo Theater

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