Heavy rockers Metallica have rewarded a fan who campaigned to bring the band's tour to New Zealand by giving him free tickets to one of their upcoming shows in the country.
Jamie Woods organised a petition in May (10) to persuade the group to organise a concert in Christchurch.
He was delighted when the band took notice and scheduled two shows in the city in September (10), but Woods was left disappointed when he was unable to secure tickets as the gigs sold out within an hour.
But his dream of seeing his idols live came true on Saturday (25Jul10) when a representative from the band's Q Prime management company called him to personally offer him two tickets to the date of his choice.
He tells Stuff.co.nz, "I didn't cry this time, I froze. I said to her, 'That's not nice, you cannot do that to someone. That's bloody cruel'."
But he soon realised the call was not a prank and spent the rest of the day "dancing around like a clown" in excitement.
He adds, "It means the world (to me)."