Lars Ulrich reveals setlist, pay cheque from Metallica's first gig 37 years ago

Rock News 20/03/2019

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has shared memories of the band's first ever gig on instagram, revealing the full setlist and how much the band was paid

Lars wrote: "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 (New wave of British heavy metal) 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..."

Lars also included a photo of a few remarks he made after the gig, including crowd numbers and take home pay.

"Crowd: ca. 75
"Pay: $15
"Remarks: 1st gig ever. Very nervous. Only band. Dave [Mustaine] broke a string on the first song. Played so-so!!! Went down pretty good."

Metallica will return to New Zealand in October for their first gig in nine year. It's now SOLD OUT but we have a stack of tickets to giveaway before the big day.