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The A-Z Of Metallica

Your alphabetical guide to Metallica

They're one of the biggest heavy metal bands of all time and have had nothing short of a rollercoaster career. But how much do you know? Here's the complete 26-point alphabetical guide to everything 'Tallica related – from Alcoholica to Zazula.

A is for Alcoholica

It’s no exaggeration to say that if it wasn’t for alcohol, there almost certainly would never have been a Metallica, with the super-introverted James Hetfield leaning heavily on booze from day one in order to conquer his stage fright and crippling shyness. On Ride The Lighting the quartet gave a shout out to Carlsberg, by Master Of Puppets their burgeoning status meant they were giving “xtra fucken yahooz” to Absolut Vodka. But as Hetfield later noted, the Alcoholica tag “turned from fun into destruction: it started to take over us.” Hetfield’s subsequent admission into rehab circa St. Anger saved his band, his marriage and quite possibly his life.

B is for Burton

Though taken from this world in tragic circumstances on September 27, 1986, Clifford Lee Burton aka ‘The Legend in Loon Pants’, will always be part of Metallica. That James Hetfield, Dave Mustaine and Lars Ulrich were prepared to uproot from Los Angeles to San Francisco purely to make Burton part of their band speaks volumes about the bassist’s charisma and talent, and his musicianship, compositional skills and creative fearlessness helped transform a scrappy garage band into a genuinely world class outfit. He will be forever missed.

C is for Covers

From 1987’s $5.98 EP (Jason Newsted’s first recording with the band) to 1998’s Garage Inc. collection through to their 2012 cover of Deep Purple’s When A Blind Man Cries (exclusively covered for a Classic Rock fan-pack magazine), Metallica have never been shy of paying tribute to their influences. Indeed at their very first gigs, back in March/April 1982, the quartet would play up to seven or eight cover songs a night, neglecting to tell those watching that the likes of Am I Evil? and Killing Time were in fact NWOBHM originals. Cunning.

D is for Doris

The crumbling centre-piece of Metallica’s …And Justice For All stage-set, Doris aka ‘Lady Justice’ represented Metallica’s first real foray into stage production. Pulled out of storage for the band’s 2012 The Full Arsenal tour, the statue was one of the ‘stars’ of the Through The Never film, and was subsequently broken up into chunks and given away with a special deluxe edition of the movie on DVD. Perhaps they should have used the chunks of masonry to stone to death whoever conceived the utterly shit script instead. Just a thought…

E is for Ednas

‘Edna’ was Metallica slang for any young lady willing to spend time, and share bodily fluids with, band or crew members. The young Californians weren’t particularly choosy, and clearly the young ladies who wanted to hook up with these stinky, spotty, bumfluff-‘tache- sporting metalheads weren’t either. “They enjoyed what they did,” James Hetfield told Playboy in 2001. “And, heh-heh, they were good at it. Back then, we all shared stuff. ‘I did her. Dude, here! Have my chick.’ Lars would charm them, talk his way into their pants. Kirk had a baby face that was appealing to the girls. And Cliff – he had a big dick. Word got around about that, I guess.”

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