Metallica by William Hale, ECW Press

Metallica: Club Dayz 1982 - 1984

Hale, William

  • Metallica: The Club Dayz is a collection of photographs of the now legendary rock band Metallica, between 1982 and 1984.

    This book contains rare and exclusive photographs from six of the band’s earliest performances including their first shows in San Francisco at The Stone and The Old Waldorf which featured the original lineup with Dave Mustaine (guitar) and Ron McGovney (bass), Cliff Burton's introductory gig with the band at The Stone, the last Metallica show with Dave Mustaine, and Kirk Hammett’s Metallica debut.

    As chief photographer of Metal Rendezvous International, a groundbreaking heavy rock magazine that was published throughout the ’80s, Bill Hale was given unlimited access to hang out with and photograph this then-fledgling metal band. His job at the time was to capture the band onstage and offstage and provide the magazine with unique photographs of Metallica, from the band showcasing their brazen live energy in concert, to unveiling some of their crazy and unpredictable backstage antics.

    Bill Hale was right there from the very beginning, capturing the band before, during and after their performances. He was at every one of their early Bay Area shows, without the safety of a photo pit, crushed among the savage crowd as they head-banged fearlessly to the music of their local heroes. Here, for the first time Bill Hale opens up his photo vault. Witness one of the greatest rock bands of all time during their embryonic stage.

    Influenced musically by the new breed of British metal yet epitomizing the punk rock attitude, Metallica’s loud, snotty and don’t five a fuck attitude is very evident in these photographs. Most of the photos in this book have never been published and many of the images have never before been revealed to the public. Metallica: The Club Dayz is a long lost chapter of this band’s visual history.

  • Bill Hale has been taking pictures of rock bands since his first rock concert back in 1979. He is the former chief photographer of Metal Rendezvous International, taking photos of Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, White Snake, and Black Sabbath. Hale lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.

  • Published: April 2009

    ISBN: 9781550228762

    Dimensions: 7 x 10 in.

    Pages: 112


“Photographer Bill Hale was right there at the germination of this mega-band and many others, and in these rare photos, he's captured the raw metal energy of those early sweaty shows . . . including a ton of cool backstage hijinks to make the book flow with a smile pasted across yer face.” — Goldmine

“Fans of Metallica will love this intimate look at the band, from more than two decades back. Bill Hale takes us on that journey, offering a massive dose of heavy metal mania.” —Shelf Life

“This happens to be the earliest account of photos to surface on this band's early period . . . this book is a must-have for the true Metallica fan.” — Big Wheel Magazine

“Hale captures the edgy essence of the young band; the aura that would later lead them to world notoriety as one of the greatest and most aggressive rock ‘n’ roll bands ever to emerge from North America. If you are a serious Metallica fan or just a purveyor of rock history, this book is a must-see.” — Sacramento Book Review

“For any rock biographer or collector of rock publications, Metallica: The Club Dayz 1982–1984 is an essential photographic guide of perhaps one of heavy metal's most important bands. It's not everyday that a publication like this is released.” — Glory Daze Music