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How did the band start... How did Lars and James first meet?
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 withLars' playing, partly due to the fact
that Lars' cymbals fell over every time he hit them.
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.
did the name Metallica come from?
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"
are all the former and current members of the band?
Lars, Kirk all current. Cliff Burton died 9-27-86. Jason Newsted
left Metallica in January 2001. 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 recording of "Hit
What is the song "Fade To Black" written about?
'Fade' was written by James just after the band's equipment was stolen in Boston, while 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.
did recorded Metallica first appear?
"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.
designed the Metallica logo?
is responsible for the original logo and the new Metallica star
and where was the first Metallica show?
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.
was Metallica's first tour?
27 - September 3, 1983
moved from LA to SF, why?
lived in SF and refused to move to LA. In order to get Cliff as
the bass player the band had to relocate.
happened to Cliff Burton, the former bass player?
was killed in a bus accident en route from Stockholm, Sweden to
their next show in the early morning hours of September 27, 1986. (more...)
have a record/tape that says Megaforce records on it, who are
records signed Metallica in 1983, after the band traveled from
their home in SF to Megaforce's location in New Jersey. Megaforce
released Kill 'Em All and Ride The Lightning in North America.
Elektra came into the picture shortly after the release of Ride
is the Make-A-Wish foundation?
is an organization that attempts to make the wishes of seriously
ill youngsters come true. Metallica actively support and assist
as often as possible.
- Faith No More - Metallica... What's the connection?
and Les Claypool from Primus grew up and went to the same school
together in El Sobrante, CA. Big Jim Martin (the old guitar player
in FNM) and Cliff were best friends as kids and in several bands
together, Cliff also knew Mike Bordin (another friend of Kirk's,
the drummer in FNM) and actually suggested Jim to Mike for the
guitar duties in FNM.
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
does Metallica's artwork?
(Brian Schroeder) and Mark DeVito do a majority of the artwork
for T-shirts and merchandise; James came up with the Scary Guy
and "4 M's- Ninja Star" logos. Each album cover is a
different and unique situation. Load and ReLoad featured the art
of Andres Serrano.
happened to John Smith, the kid from the "Year & a Half
in the Life" video?
passed away a few months after.
is the music played as Metallica's live show introduction?
plays Ecstasy of Gold by Ennio Morricone, from the Clint Eastwood
flick 'The Good, The Bad and the Ugly' before taking the stage.
is Spastic Children?
Children was a "joke band" created originally by James,
Cliff, Jumbo, Fred Cotton and James (Flunky) McDaniel. Spastic
never practiced and played rather ludicrous songs, Cliff played
bass and Jaymz drummed, when Cliff died Kirk took over the bass
duties, Jason performed as well. Kirk says "Spastic Children
was a good excuse to drink and be silly on stage." Spastic
has not been seen around lately.
does "Well'ard Stiffy Boyz" mean?
phrase, seen on James' guitar, has no real meaning (to those brought
up outside of northern England), it is generally used to imply
a group of "bonded males."
is the "Snake" on the Black Album from?
"Snake," seen heavily on the Black Album, is from the
Culpepper Minute Men flag from which the motto "Don't Tread
On Me" also originates.
the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal that Lars is especially quite
fond of. The "NWOBHM" greatly influenced Metallica,
such acts as DiamondHead, Iron Maiden, Angel Witch, Samson, Saxon
can be considered NWOBHM. This movement is considered to have
started mid 1979, and to have fizzled out by 1982. NWOBHM is considered
to be hard-rock's answer to Punk Rock's street 'vibe' and youthful
played with Metallica on their first Day on the Green appearance?
Ratt, Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force, Victory, and Y & T.
Lady Justices' nickname?
as seen on the cover of the Justice album, and on the Damaged
are DIE KRUPPS?
Krupps is a German band that released a nine song tribute CD to
Metallica. Their interpretation of the songs is considerably different
than that of the originals. There is some guitar, but mostly keyboards,
electronic drums and a strong accent from the vocalist.
are four finnish cellists that have recorded an album full of
Metallica songs called "Metallica by Four Cellos," they've
just recently released their latest album "Inquisition Symphony,"
with 3 more Metallica songs. They've even opened up for Metallica
on the Poor Touring Me tour. Visit Apocalyptica's "offical"
site for more info:
was Voodoo Children?
that only made one performance in benefit to the blues guitarist
John Campbell in summer 1993. The lineup was: Kirk Hammett-Guitar,
Jason Newsted-Bass, Tony Prinzivalli-Guitar, vocals, Whitey Chrobak-Keys,
is the Snake Pit?
Snake Pit was a large pit in the middle of Metallica's diamond
shaped Wherever I May Roam stage, set aside for a few lucky fans
to stand in the middle of the action on stage. It is also an on-line
meeting place for Metallica fans on AOL.
it true that a group of Metallica roadies formed a band and played
at the 1987 Aaardshokk Festival in Zwolle, Holland a group of
Metallica roadies played a set of cover songs under the name Scrap
Metal opened the nine hour festival that Metallica headlined.
it true Metallica has appeared on Saturday Night Live?
band was to appear in 1987 but James injured himself in one of
his many skateboard accidents causing a cancellation. Metallica
finally fulfilled the SNL promise on December 6th, 1997 playing
The Memory Remains (with Marianne Faithfull) and Fuel.
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