Secret Show, 1984
Metallica attempted to play a secret show at Mabuhay Gardens (also known as The Mab), San Francisco, California, July 20, 1984. The band booked themselves as "The Four Horsemen." The Mab billed them as "Kill 'Em All." According to Brian Lew, "this was the worst-kept secret imaginable; mobs of people were turned away."
James Hetfield sings just after being drenched in a pitcher of beer by Toby "Rage" Staniford, during a failed attempt at a secret show, Mabuhay Gardens, San Francisco, California, July 20, 1984. Photo: Harald Oimoen. From the Collection of James Hetfield
James Hetfield's personal bullet belt which was worn in some of the earliest Metallica shows, including the attempted "secret show" at The Mab in 1984. From the Collection of James Hetfield