Original Metallica Bassist Shares Photo of the Band’s First Business Card

  • Axl Rosenberg

Original Metallica bassist Ron McGovney has shared a photograph of the business cards the band had printed up when they first started out.

The card contains the classic Metallica logo as we still know it today, along with the slogan “Power Metal.” (And before you get pissy about the fact that Metallica aren’t a power metal band, keep in mind that there was not yet any such classification as “power metal” in the early ’80s.)

Says McGovney of the card:

“The phone number [on the card] was the one I had in my bedroom in 1979. I moved to our rental house two doors down in 1981 and took the number with me. That house was where Metallica started. I lived in a condo 1983-1987 and had that same number.”

You can check out the photo below.

Metallica are currently deep into “some pretty serious writing” writing for their next album. After first floating the idea of working on new music while under quarantine in April, by June Lars Ulrich had revealed that Metallica were, indeed, in writing mode. James Hetfield and Rob Trujillo  have both said they’ve been busy working on new songs, too, and Kirk Hammett has trumpeted the fact that he has over 600 song ideas recorded (after infamously losing his cell phone with 300+ ideas prior to the sessions for Hardwired). The band were having some technical issues collaborating over the internet and were looking into doing so in-person in a bubble last they checked in.

Lars Ulrich, meanwhile, recently said this of the band’s next offering:

“It’s the heaviest thing, the coolest. But all kidding aside, if it wasn’t because we thought that the best record was still ahead of us, then why keep doing it?”

That’$ a good point. I don’t know why the band would keep making record$ if they didn’t think their be$t work wa$ ahead of them, either.


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