Monday, October 31, 2011

28 Years Ago Today

Umlaut's First Backstage Pass!
(From the Umlaut Archives)

Halloween 1983.. The Keystone in Palo Alto, California. Metallica had finished their debut U.S. Tour supporting Raven almost 2 months earlier with a trio of triumphant hometown shows in Palo Alto, Berkeley, and San Francisco; this was their first headlining hometown area gig in 7 months. It was also the first time 'Fight Fire With Fire' and 'Ride The Lightning' were played live... A rather historic moment, right? The show was a Metal Monday show sponsored by local Rock radio station KOME 98.5 (R.I.P.) and the ticket price that night was $5.98 (geddit!?).

There was a costume contest before Metallica went on, but I can't remember what the winning costume was and, NO, Metallica did NOT wear costumes onstage like every other band who plays on Halloween. However, for those who care the setlist that night was:
  • Hit The Lights
  • The Four Horsemen
  • Jump In The Fire
  • Fight Fire With Fire
  • Ride The Lightning
  • Phantom Lord
  • When Hell Freezes Over
  • No Remorse
  • Seek And Destroy
  • Cliff solo
  • Whiplash
'When Hell Freezes Over' was an early version of the instrumental 'Call Of Ctulu' that ended up on the Ride The Lightning album. Less than 3 months after this show Metallica left for their first European Tour... and things were never the same.

Shameless self-promotion: Live and backstage photos from this night will be seen in Murder In The Front Row...