Timeline

1983

February 15, 1983

Metallica Moves to San Francisco

Cliff only agreed to join the band if they were willing to move up north out of Los Angeles. They have lived in Northern California ever since.

1983

March 16, 1983

1983

April 1, 1983

Kirk Hammett Called to Join

Originally thinking it was an April Fools' Day joke, Kirk soon found himself on a plane to New York to replace Dave Mustaine.

1983

April 11, 1983

Metallica Fires Dave Mustaine

Dave Mustaine is told he's out of the band following a cross-country trek to New York. He is handed a bus ticket back home and the incident would inspire him to form Megadeth.

1983

May 3, 1983

Metallica Signs With Megaforce

Metallica sign their first record deal with Johnny Z's label Megaforce Records, which releases Kill 'Em All a few months later.

1983

May 10, 1983

1983

July 25, 1983

Kill 'Em All Released

Originally titled Metal Up Your Ass, the band was forced to change the name after hesitation from Megaforce Records. Cliff, frustrated with the whole situation, came up with the title Kill 'Em All

1983

October 24, 1983

"Live" Tracks Recorded

At the same time as recording the Ride the Lightning demos, the band records "Seek and Destroy" and "Phantom Lord" live in the studio. Both songs would have crowd noise overdubbed and included as "live" tracks on the b-side of the "Jump in the Fire" and "Whiplash" singles. Studio time was covered by Metallica's European record label, Music for Nations, who unknowingly financed the recording of the Ride the Lightning demos.

1983

October 24, 1983

Ride the Lightning Demos Recorded

Four demos are recorded in the San Francisco Bay Area to be featured on the band's next album. The demo included recordings of "Fight Fire with Fire," "Ride the Lightning," "Creeping Death," and an early version of "The Call of Ktulu" entitled "When Hell Freezes Over."