Metallica: the beginnings
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Life ‘Till Leather” – their new demo tape, which was spread the same way as the first one. On September 18 in San Francisco, Metallica appeared at the presentation of “Metal Massacre” organized by Brian Slegel himself. The band wound up there pure accidentally after Cirith Ungol (one of Slegel’s picks) couldn’t make it.
The interesting thing was that all the fans that came to that concert had “No Life ‘Till Leather” and jointly sang the words of almost all the Metallica songs. This was the first time Metallica met with its real fans. Metallica continued playing in San Francisco, gaining more and popularity until November 28, when the band finally headlined their own show!
That show was also where and when Metallica met Kirk Hammett, who then played in Exodus – a band who was warming the crowd up at the show. At the same time, there were and more problems with Ron McGownie in the middle of Metallica itself. Ron was getting more and more distant from other band members, even during their friendly parties.
As things were getting worse, Brian Slegel invited Lars and James to visit concert of the band called Trauma. There, both were completely captivated by Trauma’s bassist – Cliff Burton. Cliff didn’t have any desire to leave Trauma, but after the concert and months after that Lars and James were literally stalking Burton, trying to get him into Metallica.
Ron McGownie accidentally found out about all this, and in December he officially left Metallica. Several weeks after that whole Metallica moved to San Francisco, and Cliff Burton finally agreed to play with them. When 1983 started, growing financial problems stopped Metallica’s growth, until they a very influential west coast guy named Johnny Z.
Johnny Z. managed his own store called “Rock-n-roll .Скачать