Photos By Bill Hale
Metallica: The Club Dayz 1982-1984 is a collection of photographs of the
legendary rock band Metallica that were shot by renown metal
photographer Bill Hale during the band’s formative years in the Bay
Area club circuit 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 in San
Francisco, and Kirk Hammett’s Metallica debut in the Bay area.
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 the band showcasing their brazen live energy in concert to unveiling
some of their crazy and unpredictable backstage antics.
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 f**k 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 1982-1984 is a long lost chapter of this band’s visual
All the best,