1982: Metallica Played Their First Concert

30 years have passed, four kids from California took the stage at Radio City in Anaheim and unaware the their band that one day would be one of the biggest in the world.

“The first gig was at Radio City, and I was just singing,” Metallica singer/guitarist James Hetfield told Kerrang!. “There were a lot of people there, maybe 200, because we had all my school friends and all Lars’ and Ron’s and Dave’s buddies. I was really nervous and a little uncomfortable without a guitar, and then during the first song Dave broke a string. It seemed to take him eternity to change it and I was standing there really embarrassed. We were really disappointed afterwards. But there were never as many people at the following shows as there were at that first one.”

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