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Tour dates, setlists, line ups and notes. Everything originally handwritten by Lars Ulrich in his "Gigs With METALLICA" private note book (some parts can be seen in the Garage Inc. booklet).

 

03/14/82 - Radio City, Anaheim, CA
FIRST GIG EVER

LINE UP:
James Hetfield - vocals
Dave Mustaine - lead guitar
Ron McGovney - bass
Lars Ulrich - drums

SETLIST:
Hit The Lights
Blitzkrieg
Helpless
Jump In The Fire
Let It Loose
Sucking My Love
Am I Evil?
The Prince
Killing Time

Crowd: ca. 75
Pay: $15
Lars' original remarks: 1'st gig ever. Very nervous. Only band. Dave broke a string on the first song. Played so-so!!! Went down pretty good.

Lars: How about the first gig we ever played?!! - March 82, Radio City, Anaheim, California. First song, Dave Mustaine breaks a string, eh! No roadies. No spare guitars. This turned into a 10 minute stretch of silence (you could hear a fucken pin drop) while Dave restrung his guitar. I was hiding behind my bass drum, while James tried a very meek attempt at stand-up comedy (Didn't work)...I almost ran screaming out of the club and quit...

 

 

03/27/82 - Whiskey a Go Go, Hollywood, CA
2 GIGS

Background info on this gig: The guys found out that Saxon was playing at Whiskey at the end of March, and were looking for a local band to open the shows. "Ratt" was booked for the first two shows (two shows per night), and the other slot for the second night was open. "Whiskey" management wanted a tape to hear what Metallica sounds like so the guys borrowed a four track recorder and as they only had "Hit The Lights" complete of their own material they recorded covers "Killing Time" (Sweet Savage) and "Let It Loose" (Savage). The management of Whiskey liked the tape, didn't know that 2 of the songs were covers, and offered Metallica the gig with Saxon. 

LINE UP:
James Hetfield - vocals
Dave Mustaine - lead guitar
Ron McGovney - bass
Lars Ulrich - drums

1. GIG 9:00 PM

SETLIST:
Hit The Lights
Jump In The Fire
Helpless
Let It Loose
The Prince
Metal Militia

2. GIG 11:30 PM

SETLIST:
Hit The Lights
Metal Militia
Jump In The Fire
Sucking My Love
The Prince
Let It Loose

Crowd: ca. 250
Pay: $16
Lars' original remarks: Supporting SAXON. Great sound this time. Dave and me played great. Ron and James so-so. Went down pretty good. Had a good time, but never met SAXON.

LA Times review by Terry Atkinson, March 29, 1982:
"Saxon could also use a fast, hot guitar played of the Eddie Van Halen ilk. Opening quartet Metallica had one, but little else. The local group needs considerable development to overcome a pervasive awkwardness.

 

 

04/23/82 - Concert Factory, Costa Mesa, CA
5 PIECE GIG

LINE UP:
James Hetfield - vocals
Dave Mustaine - lead guitar
Ron McGovney - bass
Lars Ulrich - drums
Brad Parker - rhythm guitar

SETLIST:
Hit The Lights
Blitzkrieg
Metal Militia
Jump In The Fire
Helpless
Sucking My Love
The Mechanix
Let it Loose

Crowd: ca. 50
Pay: $4
Lars' original remarks: Suppose to support KROKUS. Played with Latherwolf. First gig with Brad Parker. I played awful!! Went down so-so. Played a "shortened set" 'coz we went on at 12.30. 

 

 

05/25/82 - Backbay High School, Costa Mesa, CA
BACK TO 4 PIECE AGAIN

LINE UP:
James Hetfield - rhythm guitar + vocals
Dave Mustaine - lead guitar
Ron McGovney - bass
Lars Ulrich - drums

SETLIST:
Hit The Lights
Blitzkrieg
Killing Time

The Prince
The Mechanix
Let It Loose
Jump In The Fire
Motorbreath
Am I Evil?
Metal Militia

Crowd: 200 -> 40
Pay: $0
Lars' original remarks: Absolutely a day to forget!! Played like shit, went down like shit and sounded like shit. Really awful. 

 

 

06/05/82 - Radio City, Anaheim, CA

LINE UP:
James Hetfield - rhythm guitar + vocals
Dave Mustaine - lead guitar
Ron McGovney - bass
Lars Ulrich - drums

SETLIST:
Hit The Lights
Blitzkrieg
Killing Time
Jump in The Fire
The Prince
Sucking My Love
The Mechanix
Motorbreath
Am I Evil?
Let It Loose

Crowd: 70
Pay: $10
Lars' original remarks: I played like shit!! Fucked up alot!!! The others were pretty good. Went down so-so!! Supported August Redmoon.

 

 

06/26/82 - Concert Factory, Costa Mesa, CA

LINE UP:
James Hetfield - rhythm guitar + vocals
Dave Mustaine - lead guitar
Ron McGovney - bass
Lars Ulrich - drums

SETLIST:
Hit The Lights
Blitzkrieg
Phantom Lord
Jump in The Fire
The Prince

The Mechanix
Motorbreath
Am I Evil?
Killing Time

Crowd: 70
Pay: $6
Lars' original remarks: Best gig in terms of "overall" reception. Played great and for first time good relation with da people. Headbanged like crazy.  

 

 

07/03/82 - Concert Factory, Costa Mesa, CA

LINE UP:
James Hetfield - rhythm guitar + vocals
Dave Mustaine - lead guitar
Ron McGovney - bass
Lars Ulrich - drums

SETLIST:
Hit The Lights
Seek and Destroy
The Prince

The Mechanix
Phantom Lord
Jump In The Fire
Motorbreath

Crowd: 75
Pay: $3.25
Lars' original remarks: Shitty gig. Played 2nd, were supposed to headline. Everything was very rushed, both before and during the gig and we played like fuck. Shortened set 'coz of the times. Great pay!!

 

 

07/05/82 - Troubadour, Hollywood, CA

LINE UP:
James Hetfield - rhythm guitar + vocals
Dave Mustaine - lead guitar
Ron McGovney - bass
Lars Ulrich - drums

SETLIST:
Hit The Lights
Seek and Destroy
The Prince

The Mechanix
Phantom Lord
Jump In The Fire
Am I Evil?
Motorbreath
Killing Time

Crowd: 15
Pay: $5.50
Lars' original remarks: Played okay, but went on late, so everybody had gone home. Nothing really went down, just a normal gig.

 

 

07/15/82 - PARTY, Huntington Beach, CA
FIRST PARTY EVER PLAYED

LINE UP:
James Hetfield - rhythm guitar + vocals
Dave Mustaine - lead guitar
Ron McGovney - bass
Lars Ulrich - drums

SETLIST:
Hit The Lights
Seek and Destroy
Motorbreath
The Mechanix
The Prince
Jump In The Fire
Am I Evil?

Crowd: 70
Pay: $10.50
Lars' original remarks: First party ever played. Set up in a backyard. Played in the dusk hours around 8 p.m. Played pretty and was very relaxed. Pigs broke it up early. Got very drunk and very sick.

 

07/31/82 - PARTY, Dana Point, CA

LINE UP:
James Hetfield - rhythm guitar + vocals
Dave Mustaine - lead guitar
Ron McGovney - bass
Lars Ulrich - drums

SETLIST:
Hit The Lights
Seek and Destroy
The Prince

The Mechanix
Phantom Lord

Crowd: 60
Pay: $35
Lars' original remarks: Okay outdoor party. Played 5 songs until the pigs came and busted us. Had a good argument over Lloyds money. Got high for the first time in 6 days (yeah). Played actually pretty good.

 

 

08/02/82 - Troubadour, Hollywood, CA

LINE UP:
James Hetfield - rhythm guitar + vocals
Dave Mustaine - lead guitar
Ron McGovney - bass
Lars Ulrich - drums

SETLIST:
Hit The Lights
Seek and Destroy
The Prince
The Mechanix
Phantom Lord
Jump In The Fire
Motorbreath
Am I Evil?
Metal Militia

Crowd: 125
Pay: $8.50
Lars' original remarks: Startin' to get our shit together. Played pretty well. Went down great. Had Eric Carr of Kiss there. Juhuuuuuuuuu.

 

 

08/04/82 - Whiskey a Go Go, Hollywood, CA

LINE UP:
James Hetfield - rhythm guitar + vocals
Dave Mustaine - lead guitar
Ron McGovney - bass
Lars Ulrich - drums

SETLIST:
Hit The Lights
Seek and Destroy
The Prince
The Mechanix
Phantom Lord
Jump In The Fire
Motorbreath
No Remorse
Metal Militia

Crowd: 200
Pay: $25
Lars' original remarks: Played just great. Went down great. Overall a great gig. No fuck ups. With Steeler & Sound Barrier.

 

 

08/07/82 - Bruin Den, Long Beach, CA

LINE UP:
James Hetfield - rhythm guitar + vocals
Dave Mustaine - lead guitar
Ron McGovney - bass
Lars Ulrich - drums

SETLIST:
Hit The Lights
Seek and Destroy
The Prince
The Mechanix
Phantom Lord
Jump In The Fire
Motorbreath
No Remorse
Metal Militia

Crowd: 80
Pay: $0
Lars' original remarks: Forget it!!! SHIT. Worst gig I've played. The other did okay. Went down OK. With Cocks Regime. 

 

 

08/18/82 - Troubadour, Hollywood, CA
FIRST EVER ENCORE

LINE UP:
James Hetfield - rhythm guitar + vocals
Dave Mustaine - lead guitar
Ron McGovney - bass
Lars Ulrich - drums

SETLIST:
Hit The Lights
Seek and Destroy
The Prince
The Mechanix
Phantom Lord
Jump In The Fire
Motorbreath
Blitzkrieg
No Remorse
Metal Militia

Killing Time

Crowd: 200
Pay: $12
Lars' original remarks: Great gig. Played with Ratt. First ever encore. Got hit by band geezer. 

This is the famous gig. First time with a members fight on stage. The band agreed to play "Let It Loose" as an encore. Lars didn't like it, and started playing "Killing Time" as the song started with drums only. James got angry as he didn't remember the lyric's to "Killing Time", went to Lars and punched him onstage.

 

 

08/20/82 - The Woodstock, Anaheim, CA

LINE UP:
James Hetfield - rhythm guitar + vocals
Dave Mustaine - lead guitar
Ron McGovney - bass
Lars Ulrich - drums

SETLIST:
Hit The Lights
Seek and Destroy
The Prince
The Mechanix
Jump In The Fire
Phantom Lord
Motorbreath
No Remorse
Metal Militia

Crowd: 150
Pay: $4.25
Lars' original remarks: Played first. Place is a fucken dump. Treated like shit. Just an average gig. Went down pretty well, though.   

 

  

08/27/82 - Whiskey a Go Go, Hollywood, CA

LINE UP:
James Hetfield - rhythm guitar + vocals
Dave Mustaine - lead guitar
Ron McGovney - bass
Lars Ulrich - drums

SETLIST:
Hit The Lights
Seek and Destroy
The Prince
The Mechanix
Phantom Lord
Jump In The Fire
Motorbreath
No Remorse
Metal Militia

Crowd: 15 -> 50
Pay: $25
Lars' original remarks: SHIT!! Ron broke a bass-string on "PL" and the rest of it was just awful. Started at 9.15 with no one around.

 

 

08/29/82 - HJ's, N. Hollywood, CA
2ND EVER ENCORE

LINE UP:
James Hetfield - rhythm guitar + vocals
Dave Mustaine - lead guitar
Ron McGovney - bass
Lars Ulrich - drums

SETLIST:
Hit The Lights
Seek and Destroy
The Prince
The Mechanix
Phantom Lord
Jump In The Fire
Motorbreath
No Remorse
Blitzkrieg

Metal Militia

Crowd: 20
Pay: $0
Lars' original remarks: Had a great time. Was all fucked up. Played like shit, but who cares. 2nd ever encore. Yeah.

 

 

09/18/82 - The Stone, San Francisco, CA
FIRST REAL GREAT GIG (REAL FANS...)

LINE UP:
James Hetfield - rhythm guitar + vocals
Dave Mustaine - lead guitar
Ron McGovney - bass
Lars Ulrich - drums

SETLIST:
Hit The Lights
The Mechanix
Phantom Lord
Jump In The Fire
Motorbreath
No Remorse
Seek and Destroy
Metal Militia

Am I Evil?

The Prince

Crowd: 200
Pay: $10
Lars' original remarks: First real great gig. Real bangers, real fans, real encores. Had a great fucken weekend. Fucked up a lot on stage.

 

 

10/01/82 - The Woodstock, Anaheim, CA

LINE UP:
James Hetfield - rhythm guitar + vocals
Dave Mustaine - lead guitar
Ron McGovney - bass
Lars Ulrich - drums

SETLIST:
Hit The Lights
The Mechanix
Phantom Lord
Jump In The Fire
Motorbreath
No Remorse
Seek and Destroy
Metal Militia
Blitzkrieg

Crowd: 250
Pay: 
Lars' original remarks:

 

 

10/18/82 - Old Waldford, San Francisco, CA

LINE UP:
James Hetfield - rhythm guitar + vocals
Dave Mustaine - lead guitar
Ron McGovney - bass
Lars Ulrich - drums

SETLIST:
Hit The Lights
The Mechanix
Phantom Lord
Jump In The Fire
Motorbreath
No Remorse
Seek and Destroy
Metal Militia

Crowd: 400
Pay:
Lars' original remarks:

 

 

10/22/82 - The Woodstock, Anaheim, CA

LINE UP:
James Hetfield - rhythm guitar + vocals
Dave Mustaine - lead guitar
Ron McGovney - bass
Lars Ulrich - drums

SETLIST:
Hit The Lights
The Mechanix
Phantom Lord
Jump In The Fire
Motorbreath
No Remorse
Seek and Destroy
Am I Evil?
Metal Militia

Crowd: 200
Pay: $8.50
Lars' original remarks: Just another gig, except the footpedal fucked up on "MB", which kinda blew it the rest of the nite. Headlined. Leatherwolf played last. Ha. Locked my keys in my car.

 

 

10/23/82 - Roller Rink, Fullerton, CA

LINE UP:
James Hetfield - rhythm guitar + vocals
Dave Mustaine - lead guitar
Ron McGovney - bass
Lars Ulrich - drums

SETLIST:
Hit The Lights
The Mechanix
Phantom Lord
Jump In The Fire
Motorbreath
No Remorse
Seek and Destroy
Am I Evil?
Whiplash

Crowd: 75
Pay: $50
Lars' original remarks: Really nice place. Looked to be a great nite. Great bill, great P.A., great everything but no crowd. Ratt, Bitch & Tantrum played. 1/2 FUCK-UP.

 

 

11/11/82 - The Woodstock, Anaheim, CA

LINE UP:
James Hetfield - rhythm guitar + vocals
Dave Mustaine - lead guitar
Ron McGovney - bass
Lars Ulrich - drums

SETLIST:
Hit The Lights
The Mechanix
Phantom Lord
Jump In The Fire
Motorbreath
No Remorse
Seek and Destroy
Whiplash
Am I Evil?
Metal Militia

Crowd: 300
Pay: $0
Lars' original remarks:

 

 

11/25/82 - Troubadour, Hollywood, CA

LINE UP:
James Hetfield - rhythm guitar + vocals
Dave Mustaine - lead guitar
Ron McGovney - bass
Lars Ulrich - drums

SETLIST:
Hit The Lights
The Mechanix
Phantom Lord
Jump In The Fire
Motorbreath
No Remorse
Seek and Destroy
Whiplash
Am I Evil?
Metal Militia

Crowd: 400
Pay: $12
Lars' original remarks:

 

 

11/29/82 - Old Waldford, San Francisco, CA

LINE UP:
James Hetfield - rhythm guitar + vocals
Dave Mustaine - lead guitar
Ron McGovney - bass
Lars Ulrich - drums

SETLIST:
Hit The Lights
The Mechanix
Phantom Lord
Jump In The Fire
No Remorse
Motorbreath
Seek and Destroy
Whiplash
Metal Militia

The Prince

Crowd: 350
Pay: $87.50
Lars' original remarks:

 

 

11/30/82 - Mabuhay Gardens, San Francisco, CA

LINE UP:
James Hetfield - rhythm guitar + vocals
Dave Mustaine - lead guitar
Ron McGovney - bass
Lars Ulrich - drums

SETLIST:
Hit The Lights
The Mechanix
Phantom Lord
Jump In The Fire
Motorbreath
No Remorse
Seek and Destroy
Whiplash
Am I Evil?

Crowd: 150
Pay: $0
Lars' original remarks:

 

 

03/05/83 - The Stone, San Francisco, CA
RON OUT, CLIFF IN

LINE UP:
James Hetfield - rhythm guitar + vocals
Dave Mustaine - lead guitar
Cliff Burton - bass
Lars Ulrich - drums

SETLIST:
Hit The Lights
The Mechanix
Phantom Lord
Jump In The Fire
Motorbreath
No Remorse
Seek and Destroy
Bass-solo
Whiplash
Am I Evil?
The Prince

Blitzkrieg
Metal Militia

Crowd: 600
Pay: $130 a piece
Lars' original remarkes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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