Paul Steinberg was one of the lucky ones who scored a ticket to an exclusive Metallica benefit show for the Daily Bread Food Bank Tuesday night at the Opera House. He's been a Metallica superfan for decades.
"I haven't missed a tour since Injustice For All back when I was a teenager. I'm 45 now," Steinberg told CBC Toronto.
He's also never seen them in an intimate setting like the Opera House, which has a capacity of 950 people. The band only announced they were adding the show to their tour last Monday and when tickets went on sale, they sold out in minutes.
Benita Aalto, the media relations co-ordinator for the Daily Bread Food Bank, tells the pubcaster that a show like this will give the charity a huge boost at a time it needs it the most.
"Especially at Christmastime, this is like an amazing gift for Daily Bread to have this concert happen right now."
What those fans didn't realize is that Daily Bread had nothing to do with organizing the show. In fact they found out about it through a tweet.
The band's Hard Wired ... to Self-Destruct debuted in the past week at the top of the North American and Australian album charts. For the many fans unable to attend last night's concert, a live stream was made available.
Metallica is set to play a similar show at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California on Dec. 17. All the proceeds will be donated to the Alameda County Community Food Bank.
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