Metallica's gear - including the first amp James ever owned - is stolen out of a truck in Boston. The incident would inspire the song "Fade to Black."
January 14, 1984
January 20, 1984
Metallica's first European single is released. The b-side features "live" recordings of "Seek & Destroy" and "Phantom Lord." The cover of the single was painted by Les Edwards which originally appeared on the cover of the book The Devils of D-Day.
February 20, 1984
Metallica begins recording their second album in Copenhagen, Denmark at Sweet Silence Studios.
July 30, 1984
Ride the Lightning is released by Megaforce Records in the US and includes "Creeping Death," "Fade to Black" and "For Whom the Bell Tolls." This would be the last album released by Megaforce.
September 12, 1984
Metallica signs with a major label! After being hounded by A&R rep Michael Alago, the band takes the next step toward world domination by hooking up with Elektra Records.
November 19, 1984
Now signed to Elektra Records, the band's second album is re-released by the label.