Armed with 240 speakers and 300,000 watts of sound, Metallica blew into Quebec City on June 3 and blew away 33,000 metalheads at the Hippodrome de Quebec.

The heaviest metal band in the world was in Quebec City for the first time in three years as part of their “Binging and purging across the U.S.” tour, a slogan which many fins applied to the letter. “I hope you’re bored because that’s why we’re here,” said singer James Hetfield to the crowd.

Metallica started things off with some of their recent hits, like Master of Puppets, Harvester of Sorrow, Wherever I May Roam and Welcome Home Sanitarium, followed by the classics like Seek and Destroy.

Worried about a repeat of the riot which followed their last appearance in Montreal in 1992, about 400 police and security guards were deployed at the race track.

The horses which are the regular tenants of the Hippodrome apparently got through the concert without too much anxiety, according to a report in La Presse. When the concert was announced last April, there was much concern about the horses in the city’s racing circles.

Kicking off the hostilities were the metal band Danzig and California punksters Suicidal Tendencies.