METALLICA played its 1983 debut album, “Kill ‘Em All”, from beginning to end during a surprise performance yesterday afternoon at the band’s Orion Music + More festival at Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan.
After word got around that a group called DEHAAN (presumably a nod to actor Dane DeHaan, who stars in METALLICA‘s upcoming IMAX 3D movie, “Metallica Through The Never”) was set to play the event’s Vans Damage Inc. stage at 4:30 p.m., the METALLICA members themselves came on and reeled off songs from “Kill ‘Em All” one by one, including such classics as “Hit The Lights”, “Seek And Destroy” and “No Remorse”.
Prior to the performance, METALLICA frontman James Hetfield posted a photo on Instagram of the DEHAAN backdrop on the Vans Damage Inc. stage (see below) along with the following message: “Don’t miss Dehaan! #MUYA #mff #UwillRegretMissingThem #IfUdoUmightKillEmAll #winkWink #getIt?”
The band’s setlist was as follows:
01. Hit The Lights
02. The Four Horsemen
04. Jump In The Fire
05. (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth
07. Phantom Lord
08. No Remorse
09. Seek And Destroy
10. Metal Militia
Check out fan-filmed video footage of the entire concert below.
Originally issued on July 25, 1983 through the independent label Megaforce Records, “Kill ‘Em All” was recorded in two weeks on a miniscule budget in upstate New York. Although only 1,500 copies were initially pressed, the album was reissued by Elektra Records after the band signed to that label in 1984 and has since been certified triple platinum for sales of more than three million copies.
The original title of “Kill ‘Em All” was “Metal Up Your Ass”.
The album’s opening cut, “Hit the Lights”, was the first song that frontman James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich wrote together after forming METALLICA. An early version of the track appeared on the 1982 compilation “Metal Massacre”.
Lead guitarist Dave Mustaine was replaced by Kirk Hammett shortly before recording commenced, although Mustaine still has several writing credits on the disc and went on to form MEGADETH.
A number of songs from the album are still part of METALLICA‘s set list to this day, including “The Four Horsemen”, “Seek and Destroy” and “No Remorse”.
METALLICA has since gone on to become one of the biggest rock bands in the world, selling tens of millions of copies of its eight studio albums, including 16 million alone of 1991’s self-titled “black album.” The band’s ninth effort, “Death Magnetic”, arrived in 2008.
Photo below courtesy of Orion Music + More Facebook page