Teenage drummer steals show at Metallica concert
A teenage drummer from Whitley Bay has gone viral after stealing the show at a Metallica concert.
Evan Adamson, from Whitley Lodge, celebrated his 13th birthday by going to see the rock band with his father at a stadium gig in Amsterdam.
But the budding drummer got more than he bargained for after being called onto stage to perform the intro to a song with his music idols in front of 68,000 fans.
The video of the Year 8 Valley Gardens Middle School was uploaded onto social media by Metallica and quickly went viral, with fans praising Evan and wishing him a happy birthday.
His proud mum Natalie said: “Evan and his dad went for a meet and greet experience, with a back stage pass, but the night before they bumped into Metallica’s photographer and showed him Evan playing the drums.
“The photographer showed it to Metallica’s drummer Lars (Ulrich) and when they went to the meet and greet they were talking about his drumming.
“Then at the start of the third song, where the drums are moved to the front of the stage, Lars saw Evan in the front row and called him onto the stage. He didn’t know it was going to happen.
“He rocked the place. The video was uploaded to the internet and quickly went viral.
“I’m really proud of him, he’s a great drummer.”
Evan, who has been playing the drums since he was six and goes to weekly lessons, was joined by his dad again at Metallica’s concert in Manchester on Tuesday night.
Evan has also joined North Shields singer Sam Fender on the drums as part of his warm up.
Natalie added: “Evan wants to pursue playing the drums as a career.
“His school have been great about it and he’s been having a ball since returning from Amsterdam. The teachers had found out about it and played the video to the school.”