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Metallica - First Show

Just so you know ...


March 14, 1982, is a historic day for "Metallica".


On this day they took the stage for the first time.


It was at the "Radio City" club, in "Anaheim", California.


The lineup of "Metallica" at that show included: Ron McGovney, Dave Mustaine, Lars Ulrich, and James Hetfield.


Just a few months earlier, the band had entered the studio for the first time and recorded two songs - "Hit the Lights" and "Jump in the Fire", for the first mythological collection of "Metal Massacre". The band's name was then spelled as "Mettallica".


That historic evening "Metallica" played mostly covers. 4 songs by "Diamond Head", and one song by each of the bands: "Savage", "Blitzkrieg" and "Sweet Savage". In addition, the band played the two original songs that would later enter the first album - "Kill 'Em All". The lyrics for the song "Jump in the Fire" were different from those in the album version.


It is interesting to note, that James Hetfield did not play guitar on this performance. He only sang.


In an interview with n that performance for Kerrang1 magazine, he noted that about 200 people attended the show, most of them friends of four members of "Metallica". He added that he was really nervous and felt uncomfortable without the guitar. More than that, during the first song Dave Mustaine's guitar string was torn and it took him a long time to replace it, with all this time James Hetfield stood embarrassed in front of the audience waiting for Dave to finish the string replacement. He said that they came out really disappointed from the show and that in the following shows there were even fewer people from that first show.


This incarnation of the band later recorded more demos, including "No Life 'til Leather" and "Power Metal". Bassist Ron McGovney was replaced in December 1982 by Cliff Burton, who made his "Metallica" debut on March 5, 1983. read more about it Here: Cliff Burton 1st Show with Metallica


In April 1983, Dave Mustaine was fired from the band and was replaced by Kirk Hammett. Read more about it here: The Day Dave Mustaine Fired From Metallica.


And this was the setlist played that historic evening:

  1. ‘Hit the Lights’

  2. ‘Blitzkrieg’ (Blitzkrieg)

  3. ‘Helpless’ (Diamond Head)

  4. ‘Jump in the Fire’

  5. ‘Let It Loose’ (Savage)

  6. ‘Sucking My Love’ (Diamond Head)

  7. ‘Am I Evil?’ (Diamond Head)

  8. ‘The Prince’ (Diamond Head)

  9. ‘Killing Time’ (Sweet Savage)

Here is a link to a pirated recording of this historic event:


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