January 14, 1984

Equipment Stolen

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 20, 1984

"Jump in the Fire" Single Released

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


July 30, 1984

Ride the Lightning Released

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 Elektra Records

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


November 23, 1984

"Creeping Death" Single Released

The single for "Creeping Death" is released to coincide with the band's European tour. The b-side is titled Garage Days Revisited and features covers of Diamond Head's "Am I Evil?" and Blitzkrieg's "Blitzkrieg."