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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

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.