A Recording Of Metallica’s First Show With Cliff Burton Has Surfaced

From 1983

Rudi Edsall

27 December 2018

Rudi Edsall

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A recording of Metallica’s first show with legendary bassist Cliff Burton has surfaced.

The gig is from March 5th, 1983, at The Stone in San Francisco, and was the first for Burton after he joined the Bay Area thrashers having left the band Trauma in December 1982.

The gig is one of the very few that Cliff played with Dave Mustaine, who was booted from the band for his heavy drinking and general excess a month later.

Most of the tracks Metallica played went on to form the bulk of their debut album Kill ‘Em All — released in July that year — peppered with a couple of their classic covers like Am I Evil? and Blitzkrieg.



The Mechanix (later released by Megadeth, reworked by Metallica into The Four Horsemen)
Phantom Lord
Jump In The Fire
No Remorse
Seek & Destroy
(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth
Am I Evil? (Diamond Head cover)
The Prince (Diamond Head cover)
Blitzkrieg (Blitzkrieg cover)
Metal Militia

Cliff played on all of Metallica's first three albums before tragically losing his life in 1986 when the band's tour bus crashed in Sweden whilst touring the Master of Puppets album.

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