Today Metallica released the Master Of Puppets re-mastered box set. As I sit here and wait for mine to come in next week, I am thankful for Apple Music existing so I can listen to the unheard treasure trove of music: Jason’s auditions, demos, rough cuts, and hours of unheard Cliff Burton bass playing.
It’s hard to know where to start. I chose to listen to what I haven’t heard before. As I listen to Cliff Burton’s final show on September 26th 1986 in Solnahallen, Stockholm, Sweden,I find myself reflecting on what a killer period in time that was and how sad it is Cliff isn’t around anymore. Seek & Destroy is playing and it reminded me of my trip to San Francisco in the spring. I visited San Diego, LA and San Francisco. It was a semi-Metallica trip I was making by visiting places they played, lived or ate. I stopped at Tommy’s Joynt for dinner. This is a location Metallica frequented back in the day and where they hired Jason Newsted as their new bass player following Cliff’s death. I visited Metallica’s HQ and saw the building they write and record in. However, the most important part of the trip was stopping at 3132 Carlson Boulevard in El Cerrito. At 3132 lies a house that James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich lived in for a couple of years. In that house they partied, wrote music, and practiced songs. The garage specifically was where they practiced but is long gone and replaced with housing. Listening to the tapes of garage demos made me realize “wow I was standing in the same spot they walked on and where they recorded a diamond of an album.” What a crazy time the 80’s were!
I hope you all have a good weekend as I will be spending mine digging into the music and impatiently waiting for my box set to arrive.