History of Metallica

Metallica, the greatest heavy metal band of all time. This is the history of the band from start to present. They aren't finished yet.

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Cliff Burton joins metallica

James and Lars recruited Cliff when they heard him play a show with his band Trauma.

Lars and James meet

James Hetfield (singer/rhythm guitar) and Lars Ulrich (drummer) meet for the first time in Newport Beach, CA.

Metallica Forms.

Metallica Forms with members Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Dave Mustaine and Ron McGovney.

First Recordings

3 song demo; one original song: Hit The Lights; and two covers: Killing Time and Let It Loose. Lloyd Grant - Lead guitar on "Hit the Lights"

First Gig

First Metallica gig at Radio City, Anaheim, CA

Metal Massacre

"Hit the Lights" appears on Heavy Metal compilation album, Metal Massacre I. Incorrectly listed as "Mettallica".

Ron McGovney leaves the band

McGovney leaves Metallica from reported clashes with Lars Ulrich and Dave Mustaine.

First show with Cliff in Band

Metallica plays live for the first time with Cliff Burton at The Stone in SF. Opening act Exodus.

Kirk Hammet in, Dave Mustaine out

Kirk Hammett is asked to join Metallica after the band sees him play in Exodus. A few days later on April 11th, the band asks Mustaine to leave by buying him a bus ticket back to Los Angeles.

May 1983

Metallica signs with Megaforce Records and records "Kill 'Em All" in Rochester, NY

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