Metallica played a special old-school set at a San Francisco area record store earlier this month on Record Store Day, marking their roles as Record Store Day Ambassadors. The gig also coincided with the release of reissued editions of their first two records.
The band’s song selection for the Rasputin Music show in Berkeley resembled what they would have played in the early to mid-Eighties: cuts from their thrash-defining debut, 1983’s Kill ‘Em All, and its more intricate follow-up, 1984’s Ride the Lightning, as well as a cover of a tune by the New Wave of British Heavy Metal group Diamond Head. Metallica have posted video of the set – which runs “Helpless,” “Hit the Lights,” “The Four Horseman,” “Ride the Lightning,” “Fade to Black,” “Jump in the Fire,” “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” “Creeping Death” and “Metal Militia” – as a YouTube playlist.
Although the group formed in Los Angeles, it relocated to San Francisco early on (the hometown of bassist Cliff Burton) and has stayed there ever since. The band previously made an in-store appearance at another Rasputin Music, in nearby Mountain View, California, in 2008 on the first Record Store Day.
This year, the group also put out a special live CD as a Record Store Day exclusive, Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica! – Live at Le Bataclan. Paris, France – June 11th, 2003. The band said it would donate proceeds to benefit Fondation de France’s Give for France charity.