Well, we’re finally here. The week were I post a Metallica playlist for little to no reason because Metallica has been unapologetically my favorite band since the 8th grade. No joke, most of my wardrobe is made up of Metallica t-shirts. I can never get enough of this band. Metallica was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles by Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield with other members changing multiple times before recording Kill Em All in 1983 with Kirk Hammet and Cliff Burton in the line up. The band relocated to San Francisco, where they remain based out of today. Burton was lost in a bus crash in 1986 and was replaced by Jason Newsted from 1986 to 2001, followed by current bassist Robert Trujilo joining in 2003.
Recently, though they are working on a new album (which I hope is finished soon), they played a show in home town San Francisco the night before the Super Bowl, the show taking the name “The Night Before”, after fans had tried unsuccessfully to get them to play the half time show as the game was being played in their backyard. They were also the official ambassadors for Record Store Day this year on April 16, making numerous posts on supporting the medium of vinyl and even playing a show at Rasputin Records, a shop a few members frequented in their earlier years.
So here is a playlist of some of their biggest hits and some of my less popular favorites. I like a lot of their less popular tracks, but for this one I kept pretty well to the stuff most people know and love. “Carpe Diem Baby”, “Blackened”, and “Until it Sleeps” are the furthest from the beaten path on this list, but I look forward to next time I share some Metallica to put up some more. Yeah there’s gonna be a next time. Like I said, I love this band with no apologies.