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Lars Ulrich Celebrates the 37th Anniversary of Metallica’s First Show

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March 14, 1982 was a very special day in metal history. It was the day the world was a mere 154 months away from the bar mitzvah of a young Axl Rosenberg. AMAZING!

Almost as excitingly, it was also the day that Metallica played their first show.

Diminutive Danish drummer Lars Ulrich celebrated the event on social media by sharing some photos from the event, as well as this reminiscence:

“The day Axl Rosenberg the boy became Axl Rosenberg the man and was called to read from the Torah for the first time was a tremendous day indeed…”

Kidding! Lars actually wrote about the Metallica show, and did not spare any time to commend me for my decision to have a Metallica table at my metal-themed (100% true story) coming-of-age ceremony.

“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….🤪”

You can view all of Lars’ photos below. Alas, photos from my bar mitzvah are not currently available for public viewing.

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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….🤪 #wanna #tbt 📸 by @umlaut

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