Metallica started its set in a hurry, eager to play in front of its home crowd, which also happened to be their first concert at Golden Gate Park in decades. Frontman James Hetfield pushed for more excitement from the crowd as the band played hit after hit such as "Ride the Lightning," "Fuel" (personalized with San Francisco references and lots of pyrotechnics), and "The Memory Remains."
I snuck out to rush myself to the other end of the festival grounds to see some songs from Sigur Rós. The main path wasn't as crammed, but it still took a while to get there in time to hear some quasi-ambient electronic pop from the Icelandic band. The sun had completely set by this time, so their light show was perfect for their sound and the mood of the crowd.
I heard a few songs before I rushed back to catch Metallica's conclusion. The legendary heavy metal band performed "Nothing Else Matters," with a long outro that segued into arguably their biggest song, "Enter Sandman," the last song before the encore. The crowd roared. During the second encore, Metallica concluded Saturday's festival event with "Seek and Destroy," which greatly satisfied their happy fans.