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Cliff Burton's First Rehearsal

Cliff Burton's first rehearsal as a member of Metallica was December 28, 1982. The band moved to San Francisco as a condition of Cliff joining, but they were happy to do so as the city felt like a good fit.


James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Cliff Burton, and Dave Mustaine stand in front of what would later become known as the "MetalliMansion," El Cerrito, CA, December 28, 1982. This was Cliff's first photo shoot as a member of Metallica, taken just before his first rehearsal with the band. Photo: Brian Lew. From the Collection of Lars Ulrich

Individual photos of James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Cliff Burton, and Dave Mustaine, taken inside the MetalliMansion garage during Cliff's first rehearsal, December 28, 1982. Photos: Brian Lew. From the Collection of Lars Ulrich