Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich recalled the band’s first 1982 gig, which had an attendance of 75 people with a $15 paycheck, in a new Instagram post.
“37 years ago today, March 14 ’82, the ‘Tallica played our first live show ever at a joint called Radio City in Anaheim, California.
As you can tell from the notes in my diary, it was my first gig ever and I was “very nervous.”(!)
Additionally, you eagle-eyed observers may notice that there’s not a lot of ‘Tallica originals being performed here at the first outing, but almost all NWOBHM covers, most of which ended up being recorded later along the way and showing up on various Garage releases…
Here for your viewing pleasure is a picture of your Danish drummer from later in ’82 still playing my first Camco kit (there are no pictures that exist from the first gig), the OG flyer, the setlist in my handwriting and a page from my diary describing the antics of the evening!
Happy Live Debut Anniversary! Who would’ve thought…”
Metallica are currently touring North America in cities they haven’t played in a long time, and have plans on making a new album with a shorter wait period than their last few records, according to bassist Robert Trujillo.