Metallica: Club Dayz 1982-1984

Metallica: Club Dayz 1982-1984

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Metallica: The Club Dayz is a collection of photographs of the now legendary rock band Metallica, between 1982 and 1984. This book contains rare and exclusive photographs from six of the band’s earliest performances including their first shows in San Francisco at The Stone and The Old Waldorf which featured the original lineup with Dave Mustaine (guitar) and Ron McGovney (bass), Cliff Burton's introductory gig with the band at The Stone, the last Metallica show with Dave Mustaine, and Kirk Hammett’s Metallica debut. As chief photographer of Metal Rendezvous International, a groundbreaking heavy rock magazine that was published throughout the ’80s, Bill Hale was given unlimited access to hang out with and photograph this then-fledgling metal band. His job at the time was to capture the band onstage and offstage and provide the magazine with unique photographs of Metallica, from the band showcasing their brazen live energy in concert, to unveiling some of their crazy and unpredictable backstage antics. Bill Hale was right there from the very beginning, capturing the band before, during and after their performances. He was at every one of their early Bay Area shows, without the safety of a photo pit, crushed among the savage crowd as they head-banged fearlessly to the music of their local heroes. Here, for the first time Bill Hale opens up his photo vault. Witness one of the greatest rock bands of all time during their embryonic stage. Influenced musically by the new breed of British metal yet epitomizing the punk rock attitude, Metallica’s loud, snotty and don’t five a fuck attitude is very evident in these photographs. Most of the photos in this book have never been published and many of the images have never before been revealed to the public. Metallica: The Club Dayz is a long lost chapter of this band’s visual history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781550228762
Publisher: ECW Press
Publication date: 04/01/2009
Pages: 111
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author


Bill Hale has been photographing rock bands since 1979. He is the former chief photographer of Metal Rendezvous International. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Metallica: The Club Dayz is a collection of photographs I shot of the now–legendary rock band Metallica between 1982 and 1987. This book contains rare and exclusive photographs from six of the band’s earliest performances including their first shows in San Francisco at the Stone and the Old Waldorf. The shows featured the original line up with Dave Mustaine (guitar) and Ron McGovney (bass), Cliff Burton’s introductory gig with the band at the Stone, the last San Francisco Metallica show with Dave Mustaine, and Kirk’s Metallica debut.

As chief photographer of Metal Rendezvous International, a groundbreaking heavy rock magazine that was published throughout the ’80s, I was given unlimited access to hang out with and photograph this fledgling metal band. My job at the time was to capture the band live onstage and offstage and provide the magazine with the finest unique photographs of Metallica, whether they featured the band showcasing their brazen live energy in concert, or unveiling some of their crazy and unpredictable offstage antics. I was there with my camera at every one of their early Bay Area shows, live without a photo pit, crushed among the savage crowd as they headbanged fearlessly to their local heroes. It wasn’t an easy gig by any means but it was an experience I would treasure forever. And for the very first time I am opening up my photo vault for all of you to witness and visually experience truly one of the greatest rock bands of all–time during their embryonic stage.

Influenced musically by the new breed of British metal yet epitomizing the punk rock attitude, Metallica’s loud, snotty and don’t–give–a–f∗ck attitude is very evident in these photographs. Most of the photos in this book have never been published and many of the images have never before been revealed to the public. I had a blast going though my files and reliving these shows, and working on this book was a truly gratifying experience for me. The time I spent with Metallica back then was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I think everyone who had the fortune of witnessing this band back then knew that Metallica was going to be huge … but I don’t think anyone could have predicted exactly how huge.

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