Hear Metallica play Master of Puppets for the very first time at a hometown New Year”s Eve show

    “Time for some new fucking shit…”

    Metallica’s gig at San Francisco’s Civic Auditorium on New Year’s Eve, 1985, was always going to be a bit special. It was, at that point, the biggest headline show that the quartet had booked in the US, and they’d roped in Exodus, Metal Church and 6,000 of their closest friends from the Bay Area metal scene to join the celebrations. In what was either a generous gesture to an old pal, or a pointed reminder of their own superiority and seniority, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich invited Megadeth, featuring their former guitarist Dave Mustaine, to open the show after Anthrax were forced to withdraw from the bill. It promised to be quite a night.

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