Rock on: Metallica draws crowds from near and far

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Rock band Metallica broke an Intrust Bank Arena attendance record Monday night for a single-concert, when 15,690 fans attended the sold-out show, making it the highest atended show in arena history.

Many fans turned out to local breweries ahead of the concert.

Austin Allen and stepdad Patrick King from the Hutchinson area shared a meal ahead of the concert.

“I’m marking it off my bucket list,” Allen said.

While Terry and Lindsay Hubbard travelled a much greater distance, flying in from Denver for a Christmas surprise.

“When we saw the last Metallica documentary, he decided that he wanted to go on the next tour that came anywhere close to Denver,” Lindsay Hubbard said.

Metallica requested macaroni and cheese and wings from River City Brewery for the band to eat after the show, in exchange for a couple of floor tickets.

One of those lucky recipients was head brewer, Logan Carter.

“I’ve been brewing beer today, and it’s actually been hard to focus,” Carter said.

Some fans looked forward to a song or two.

“I feel like it’s a lot of people’s favorite song but Enter Sandman,” Bryce Hofmeister from Great Bend said.

And for others, their fandom goes beyond the music.

“Metal music’s a lot misunderstood and usually you know, it’s not as negative as people make it out to be. It’s more about grabbing yourself by your bootstraps and making a better life no matter what comes at you,” Barney DeClue from Dodge City said.

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