Lars Ulrich Reflects On Metallica’s First Ever Gig
37 years ago this month, Metallica played their first ever show.
Taking place on March 14 at Radio City in Anaheim, California, they played a nine-song set and entry was just $15!
“1st ever gig. Very nervous. Only band. Dave broke a string on the first song. Played 50 – 50!!! Went down pretty good,” reads Lars’ diary entry. It’s safe to say they progressed from ‘pretty good’ later on.
“You eagle-eyed observers may notice that there’s not a lot of ‘Tallica originals being performed here at the first outing,” says Lars of the setlist. “Almost all NWOBHM covers, most of which ended up being recorded later along the way and showing up on various Garage releases.”
Here’s that setlist from Metallica’s first ever show:
- Hit The Lights
- Blitzkrieg (Blitzkrieg cover)
- Helpless (Diamond Head cover)
- Jump In The Fire
- Let It Loose (Savage cover)
- Sucking My Love (Diamond Head cover)
- Am I Evil? (Diamond Head cover)
- The Prince (Diamond Head cover)
- Killin’ Time (Sweet Savage cover)
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