Early Metallica: Live at the Agora in Cleveland, December 1983 — Listen

It seems a bit of super-early Metallica—audio, at least—has turned up on the interwebs.

It's a recording of the band performing December 18, 1983, at Cleveland's Agora—almost a year away from Ride the Lightning.


  • The Ecstasy of Gold (Ennio Morricone)
  • Hit the Lights
  • The Four Horsemen
  • Jump in the Fire
  • Fight Fire With Fire
  • Ride the Lightning
  • Phantom Lord
  • The Call of Ktulu (Early version called "When Hell Freezes Over")
  • No Remorse
  • Seek & Destroy
  • (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth
  • Whiplash

Creeping Death
(Guitar Solo)
Metal Militia

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.