Top 30 FAQ's
and where was the first Metallica show?
Featuring Ron McGovney on bass and Dave Mustaine
on guitar, Metallica's first show was at Radio City in Anaheim,
CA. The date is said to be March 14, 1982.
did Lars and James first meet?
Lars had taken out an ad in a newspaper called
the Recycler, saying he was looking for people to jam with. James
answered the ad, and was unimpressed with Lars' playing, partly
due to the fact that Lars' cymbals fell over everytime he hit them.
Shortly after, Lars went to England to follow his favorite band,
Diamond Head on tour, and after returning to the States got a spot
on Brian Slagel's "Metal Massacre" album. Using this as
bait, he talked James into recording a song for the album, and the
rest is history.
are all the former and current members of the band?
James, Lars, Kirk, Jason all current. Cliff
Burton died 9-27-86. Dave Mustaine lead guitar, Ron McGovney bass,
both 'removed'. Damien Philips, one appearance, in concert as a
second guitarist, Lloyd Grant not really a member, but recorded
some lead work to the first demo for "Hit The Lights".
is the song "Fade To Black" written about?
'Fade' was written by James just after the
band's equipment was stolen in Boston, whilst they were preparing
for their first European tour (and trying to earn money to pay for
it!!). Among the stuff stolen was a Marshall amp that was special,
they searched two continents looking for a replacement amp with
the same sound. 'Fade' was a direct reaction to having had all the
gear taken from the band.
does Megadeth's "Mechanix" song sound a lot like Metallica's
The 'leader' of Megadeth, Dave Mustaine used
to be in Metallica. Dave helped write a few Metallica tunes including
"The Mechanix," which used to be a Met song. After Dave
was booted from the band, "The Mechanix" was added to
and rearranged into "The Four Horsemen."
Lloyd Grant an actual member of Metallica?
No, Lloyd ONLY played lead guitar on the original
demo of "Hit The Lights". At no time was Lloyd ever considered
happened to John Smith, the kid from the "Year & a Half
in the Life" video?
John passed away several months after.
or what is Ktulu?
Ktulu is a tentacled faced creature that lies
dormant on the bottom of the ocean awaiting the call to awaken from
his followers, created by H.P. Lovecraft and actually spelled Cthulu.
is Cliff buried?
Cliff's ashes were spread at various points
around the bay area, including the Maxwell Ranch House area.
was Dave Mustaine kicked out of Metallica?
Because he regularly over-abused alcohol and
proved to be a major pain in the ass towards the band and their
potential friends, on the band's trip to New Jersey to sign with
the members in Metallica in any other bands?
James: Obsession, Phantom Lord, Leather Charm
Lars: None Kirk: Exodus Jason: Flotsam and Jetsam, Robert: Infectious
true that Lars sings sometimes?
Metallica, on occasion has been known to switch
around the instrument's on "Am I Evil?". The (un)usual
arrangement is Lars=Vox, James=drums, Jason=guitar, Kirk=bass. Lars
claims this is his "Bruce Dickinson impersonation." This
is not a very regular happening, maybe five times ever.
is "Creeping Death" about?
About the tale of the plagues bestowed upon
the Egyptians, inspired by the second half of the movie 'The Ten
moved from LA to SF, why?
Cliff lived in SF and refused to move to LA.
In order to get Cliff as the bass player the band had to relocate.
skull ring and wolf pendant -where did he get them?
The ring formerly belonged to Cliff. The pendant
is from a store called The Great Frog in London (the same place
that Cliff got the skull ring.)
is John Bush? Why did they want him to sing for them?
John Bush is currently the lead singer for
Anthrax, formerly the singer for Armored Saint. John is a tremendously
gifted vocalist who was asked to join the band just previous to
"RTL", this move would have enabled James to handle rhythm
guitar only. James, at this point was still not very confident about
playing guitar AND singing.
is John Marshall? Why did he play guitar for James?
John Marshall was Kirks' long time friend
and guitar tech (or roadie) at the time of James' "accident"
during the Ozzy tour. John was the natural choice to fill in for
James' rhythm playing because he was familiar with the songs. John
subsequently joined Metal Church, but was called to fill in for
James when James got burned on the Met/G'n'R tour in 1992.
did the name Metallica come from?
Lars stole it. "Mr. Metal" of San
Francisco, Ron Quintana, was getting ready to launch a metal fanzine
and he had a few names. He asked his friend Lars for help.. after
hearing the name "Metallica", Lars quickly suggested a
different name and kept "Metallica" for himself!
was Jason's first show with Metallica?
Jason's first gig with Metallica was opening
for Metal Church at The Country Club in Reseda in the first week
of November 1986. His second gig was the very next night at Jezabelle's
was Brad Parker?
April 23, 1982 the band hired a "second"
guitarist named Brad Parker and this was the only time they had
a 5-piece band. Brad went by the stage name of Damien Philips.
was Cliffs last show?
Stockholm, Sweden. Sept. 26, 1986.
A nickname for Metallica,given to them somewhere
in Europe in 1985, because of their love of drinking., A fan was
spotted wearing a t-shirt he had made of the cover of "Kill
'Em All", only instead of a hammer and blood, the t-shirt showed
a bottle spilling Vodka. The band members liked it so much, they
adopted it for their own use.
is Tommy's Joint?
Tommy's Joint is a Hoffbrau (meat, potatos
and BEER!!!) located in San Francisco and was a hangout of Metallica's,
it is also the place where JASON was asked to join the band!
was Cliff's first gig?
March 5, 1983, The Stone in San Francisco.
is "No Life 'Til Leather?"
"NLTL" is the second group of Metallica
Demo's that was widely circulated in the Metal underground. Songs
on it include: "Metal Militia", "Seek & Destroy",
"Phantom Lord", "Hit the Lights", "Motorbreath",
"Jump In The Fire" and "The Mechanix".
did recorded Metallica first appear?
On "Metal Massacre I", the very
first Metallica song called "Hit The Lights" appeared.
That song featured James on vocals, rhythm guitar and bass! Lars
on drums, Mustaine on lead guitar, and another guitar player named
Lloyd Grant added the 2nd guitar solo. Later issuing's of "Metal
Massacre" included a different version of the song with McGovney
on bass and without Grant.
band was Cliff Burton in before Metallica, and how did Metallica
Lars feeling unhappy with Ron McGovney's role
with the band, heard about a bassist in San Francisco from Brian
Slagel. They went up to the Whisky a GoGo in Los Angeles and saw
Cliff playing in the band, Trauma. They were so impressed that Lars
took it upon himself to woo Cliff into joining the band.
is HP Lovecraft?
He was a writer that Cliff and Kirk liked
and got the rest of the band into reading. This is where Ktulu came
is there a green copy of "Ride The Lightning"?
This was a French pressing with a printer's
error, making this version very collectible.
was Metallica's first tour?
July 27-September 3, 1983.