HISTORY PT 2|
Here is the second part of the Metallica diary. If you find anything
missing please tell me, and I'll see what I can do!
- Jason's first gig with Metallica, opening for Metal Church at The Country
Club in Reseda. His second gig was the very next night at Jezabelle's in
- The EP Garage Days Re-Revisited was released only including
cover tunes to introduce Jason on vinyl to the fans. One of the tracks
was left off the British version so it could qualify for the singles chart.
This masterpiece is no longer available, and is now a rare collector's
- The band started their European festival tour with a small secret gig
at Club 100 in London. Thousands of people showed up, even though the gig
wasn't advertised; however, many were denied at the door, as the club only
had capacity for a few hundred!
- Metallica's first home video, Cliff 'Em All, is released. This
is Metallica's homage to their previous bass player. They didn't have any
footage from the old shows, so bootleg videos taped by fans were added
to the home video.
- First show of the American "Monsters of Rock" Festival tour,
with Van Halen at the Country Club in Los Angeles.
- ...And Justice for All is released by Elektra records in September
- First show on the Damaged Justice Tour 88-89 in Budapest, Hungary.
- Metallica filmed their first music video, One. They always said
that they wouldn’t do a music video, but they now felt that the time was
right, and were given maximum artistic freedom from their label.
- This year Metallica received a nomination in the heavy metal category
for the Grammy Awards. They performed One live at the show, but
the award went to Jethro Tull. Metallica didn't seem to care, though; they
added a sticker to their album reading "Grammy Award LOOSERS".
- The home video "Two Of One" is released.
- Metallica wins a Grammy for Best Metal Performance, for One.
While on stage receiving the award, the band gives Jethro Tull a big thank
you for not releasing anything this year, as they won last year.
- Metallica enters the studio "One On One" in North Hollywood
to record their next album. Time passes, and the band is not finished until
June 16th of the next year. The album is recorded by Randy Staub and assistant
Mike Tacci, and produced by Bob Rock together with Hetfield and Ulrich.
- Metallica recorded the track Stone Cold Crazy for an Elektra
- Metallica wins its second Grammy, for Best Metal Performance for Stone
- World premiere of the video for Enter Sandman.
- First show on the megatour - 'Wherever I May Roam' 91-92-93 at Phoenix
Theatre - Petaluma, CA.
- The black album Metallica saw the light of day. Some shops opened
the doors at 00:01 in the morning to be the first to sell the black album.
- Metallica went to Russia with AC/DC with Monsters Of Rock tour.The Soviet Union had
just collapsed and it was a free show at big former airfield. Metallica was invited by Russian Prime Minister. Tracks from
this show can be found on the B side on several singles. 500.000 attended the gig.
- Performed Enter Sandman at Grammys, and won for Best Metal Performance.
- World premiere for the video Nothing Else Matters.
- Played at "Concert For Life," a tribute show to Freddy Mercury
at the Wembley Stadium in London. Metallica played three songs, which were
released as a single only days later. All proceeds from this gig and the
sales of the single were donated to Freddy Mercury's AIDS fund. The show
was also TV broadcasted to the whole world.
- James got burned by the pyrotechnics in Montreal, Canada. The next
gigs had to be cancelled because James couldn't play the guitar with his
- The first time Metallica played So What? live. What obviously
made it so cool was that Animal, the vocalist from the Anti-Nowhere League
who wrote this song, was dragged up to sing this masterpiece at Wembley
Area, London, England.
- All four members of Diamond Head were on the guest list this day in
Birmingham, England. This started Metallica thinking of the possibility
of jamming with them. With two drum sets on the stage, all eight band members
played Am I Evil? and Helpless together. The members of Diamond
Head are close friends of Lars, for he traveled with them on tour before
Metallica was formed. Both of these tracks, and the jam with Animal ten
days earlier, are available on the "Metallican vid" that comes
in the Metallican-box for ...And Justice For All.
- Nov. 92
- The two home videos, "A Year And A Half In Ihe Life Of Metallica,"
parts 1 & 2, were released.
- Some people at Elektra suggested that Metallica should come to Manhattan,
and transform a record store into their own Metalli-store. The guys liked
the idea and opened the store to a flood of fans on this day, selling only
Metallica albums and merchandise. A tape was released for this day, and
was exclusively sold at this shop on the Grand Opening. The tape consists
of a medley recorded in Moscow. It was James who designed the tape cover
with a drawing of Scary Guy.
- A new tour saw the light of day. The "Nowhere Else To Roam"
Tour '93 began in Kalamazoo, MI.
- The box set "Live Shit: Binge & Purge" was released containing
three CD's, three videos and a book.
- 'Shit hits the Sheds' starts with a Rehearsal Show in Buffalo, NY.
- Performed live at the Pine Knob Music Theatre in Detroit. Glenn Danzig
and Chuck Biscuts from Danzig played Last Caress with the band.
Last Caress was written by Danzig when he was a member in Misfits.
- Performed live at the World Music Theatre in Chicago. This is Danzig's
last show on the tour; Glenn Danzig sings London Dungeon, Last
Caress, and Green Hell with the band. Suicidal Tendencies joins
the band during So What?
- Performed live at the Bicentennial Park in Miami. The last show of
the "Summer Shit Tour". Special guest is Rob Halford (ex-Judas
Priest, now Fight) who sings Rapid Fire (an old Judas Priest song)
with the band.
- The tracks 2 x 4 and Devil's Dance are played for the
first time in front of an audience at the London Astoria in England. This
was a private show, and only members of the fan club were invited. According
to Metallica this was the best gig they had ever played. This was also
the first date on their short tour "Escape From The Studio" 95.
- The Arctic Circle show, sponsored by Molson Breweries in Canada. 500
or so contest winners were invited to the "Coldest Show On Earth,"
in arctic northern Canada, a place so desolate and frigid that the only
way in or out was by charter flights. The show was played in a huge, clover-shaped
tent. Using four massive, fuel-burning, heating units they managed to keep
the temperature warm enough for the instruments to function!
- Metallica performed 7 Motorhead songs (dubbing their performance the
"Lemmys") during Lemmy's birthday party at the famous club "Whiskey
A Go-Go". This is also the club where Lars and James met Cliff Burton.
- xx.12.95 - xx.02.96.
- The band went into the Plant studio in Sausalito, California, where
they recorded 18 of the 25 tracks due to appear on the new album. Again,
Bob Rock is producing.
- The four guys played at Slims Club, in San Francisco, for fan club
members only. They did three members-only gigs in a row this month.
- The video for Until It Sleeps was shot at locations around and
in Los Angeles.
- Our four guys spent time travelling around the world to promote the
new album. They conducted numerous interviews, and organized huge listening
parties where they would set up a truck full of speakers and play the new
album, then sign some autographs for the fans. This occurred all over the
world; in the States, Europe, Australia and Japan.
- The single Until It Sleeps is released world-wide, excluding
Northern America, where the fans would have to wait one more day.
- A huge Metallica listening party was held on the second day of the
DYNAMO Festival in Eindhoven, Holland. Metallica's new album, Load,
was played through the PA at the festival site for the 60,000+ audience,
making this the largest listening party held, ever!! Two band members (probably
Lars & Kirk) were at the festival site to present this event, to give
interviews, and to promote the new album. Load was released a whole
week earlier in Holland than the rest of the world, to make it possible
to be sold at the festival. Therefore, Eindhoven was blessed not only with
hosting the world premiere, but also with the release of the album for
the first time anywhere in the world!
- Load is released in Japan only.
- The album is released world-wide.
- The album is released in North America.
- Metallica played live for the entire world, via the Internet. The broadcast
site was Slim's, a small club in San Francisco, where the Webcast crew
beamed the show across the globe, live as it happened, in spycams, music,
video, pictures and descriptions.
- MTV presented a Metallica contest that was so huge it took four tractor
trailers to deliver the prizes to the homes of the four contest winners.
The four band members of Metallica hung out with the grand prize winner,
met the neighbors, and played some tunes. The contest final was aired July
- The American Loolapalooza festival tour starts in Kansas City with
Metallica headlining the bill.
- Another European tour begins. This time the tour starts in Ostenhalle,
- Recorded the live video of Hero Of The Day in Barcelona, Spain.
They weren't using a recording, and 5 seconds before each of the 3 times
they played the song, a metronom was introducing the band to the required
rythym, and the beeps of it sounded throughout the whole audio system at
the stadium. Also, Kirk got 3 or 4 notes wrong on the intro during the
first attempt. Moreover, Lars asked the crowd to be more energetic in each
one of the new versions they played. So, by the third try, it sounded louder
- Metallica recorded 3 live songs for the TV program "Later With
Jools Holland," on the British channel BBC2. Wasting My Hate,
Mama Said (James only acoustic) and King Nothing were performed
completely live, with no playback.. It was broadcast on November 16th.
- Metallica was intoduced to perform King Nothing live on stage
at the MTV Europe Video Awards show. The lights went down and the band
launched into the song Last Caress followed by So What? A
few classic minutes of television to savour. The band was nominated earlier
that evening, in the "Best Rock Video" catagory, but the award
went to the Smashing Pumpkins. James later said in an interview: We
needed to wake people up at the show! We felt it was a little boring, and
we had been daring each other to do that for years.
- The single Mama Said is released world wide.
- 18 & 19.11.96
- Apocalyptica, the band who released an album containing Metallica covers
performed with cellos, opened for Metallica in Helsinki, Finland.