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Apparently, Dave thought it was a good idea to get drunk before his driving
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shift. He went off the road, nearly killing the band before their careers had even started. Upon arriving in New Jersey, Lars and Jamyz gave Dave the boot (VH1). So now they were in New Jersey, but they had no lead guitarist. One of their friends’ back home suggested Kirk Hammet from Exodus. Metallica had played several shows with Exodus back in the bay area, and knew of his talent. But why would he want to leave the second most popular heavy metal band in on the West Coast? One reason; to join the most popular heavy metal band on the West Coast. Kirk flew to New Jersey on April Fools Day, 1983 (Tolinski, 49). He auditioned for the guys, and was hired instantly. This new foursome would go on to become the most powerful band in the world. They went into the studios and recorded their first full length album, titled Kill Em All. The album was released on Johnny Z’s record label Megaforce Records. It was a smash nation wide. After a few months of touring to support their debut album, they group headed back into the studios to record Ride the Lightning. It was released in late 1984. Finally, their dreams were coming true. They were a force to be reckoned in the world of music. Around this time, all four guys quit their other jobs and dedicated all their time to the music. In 1986, Metallica headed back into the studios to record their third album Master of Puppets. This album marked a plateau for the band. Never before had a heavy metal band been able to combine thunderous guitar riffs with coherent vocals. The album went platinum in less than three months which was unheard of for a band of their nature. On September 26, 1986 while touring in support of their album, tragedy struck the band for the first time. On the road between shows in Europe, their tour bus hit some black ice and subsequently went off the road. Jamyz, Lars, and Kirk escaped the accident unhurt. But Cliff Burton perished in the crash (VH1). Several years passed before the band finally made the decision to go on with out Cliff. While holding auditions for a new bassist, Jason Newstead came into the picture. He was perfect for the band. He was hired on the spot, and plans to record their fourth album became a reality. …And Justice For All was released in September of 1989. It went on to sell almost 10 million copies (VH1). During a supporting tour the band played with the likes of Van Halen, Ozzy, Bon Jovi, and Motley Crue. The band also decided to shoot their first music video for the track “One”. It went to the top of
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MTV’s charts (VH1).
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