The crowd came dressed in black, in a silent homage to the heavy metal legends.
And they were eager for some action.
After a 20-year absence from Singapore, the anticipation had been building up and it was ready to erupt by yesterday morning.
Fans queued, some as early as 4am, just to get a good spot.
By the time civil servant Mohamed Irsyad Marican, 24, arrived at 10am, there were already 200 people in the queue.
By 3pm, the crowd had surged to about 1,500 standing outside the Changi Exhibition Centre. One of the most devoted fans there yesterday was Malaysian housewife Zeeda Aziz.
Despite having had her left leg amputated six years ago after a bout with bone cancer, the feisty 34-year-old mother of three still made the six-hour journey by car from Kuala Lumpur.
The long-time fan, who had purchased a mosh pit Pen A ticket at $191, said: “Metal is a state of mind, my physical state has no effect on it at all. Nothing is going to stop me from being here.”
By the time the rockers took to the stage at 8.30pm, the 40,000 capacity crowd had been stoked to a fever pitch of anticipation.
The screams, shouts and screams were resounding as frontman James Hetfield, bassist Robert Trujillo, drummer Lars Ulrich and lead guitarist Kirk Hammett appeared.
When they launched into Hit The Lights from the Kill ‘Em All (1983) album, the crowd simply exploded.
Here are some pictures from the concert.
The article related to these pictures was first published in The New Paper on August 25, 2013.