Kill 'Em All Tour

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Kill 'Em All Tour
Promotional tour by Metallica
LocationNorth America
Associated album Kill 'Em All
Start dateJuly 27, 1983 (1983-07-27)
End dateAugust 30, 1984 (1984-08-30)
Legs3 in North America
4 in Europe
7 total
No. of shows53 in North America
15 in Europe
68 total
Metallica concert chronology

The Kill 'Em All Tour was the first major concert tour by American thrash metal band Metallica. The tour, which was sponsored by their record label, Megaforce Records, was in support of their debut album, Kill 'Em All , released two days before the start of the tour. Metallica supported Raven, Venom and Twisted Sister while supporting acts for Metallica included Anthrax and Armored Saint. Tour setlists consisted of songs off their debut album, cover songs including Diamond Head's "Am I Evil?" and Blitzkrieg's self-titled song, and songs that would be released on Ride the Lightning. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

Thrash metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music characterized by its overall aggression and often fast tempo. The songs usually use fast percussive beats and low-register guitar riffs, overlaid with shredding-style lead work. The lyrics often deal with social issues and criticism of The Establishment, using direct and denunciatory language, an approach borrowed from hardcore punk.

Metallica American heavy metal band

Metallica is an American heavy metal band. The band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California by drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield, and has been based in San Francisco, California for most of its career. The group's fast tempos, instrumentals and aggressive musicianship made them one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. Metallica's current lineup comprises founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members of the band.

Megaforce Records is an American independent record label founded in 1982 by Jon Zazula and his wife Marsha Zazula to publish the first works of Metallica. It has offices in New York City and Philadelphia. The label is distributed in the United States by RED Distribution, having previously been distributed by Atlantic Records from 1982 to 1987 while Anthrax' recordings from 1988 to 1993 were marketed by Island Records.



James Hetfield American musician

James Alan Hetfield is an American musician, singer, and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica. Hetfield is mainly known for his intricate rhythm playing, but occasionally performs lead guitar duties and solos, both live and in the studio. Hetfield co-founded Metallica in October 1981 after answering a classified advertisement by drummer Lars Ulrich in the Los Angeles newspaper The Recycler. Metallica has won nine Grammy Awards and released ten studio albums, three live albums, four extended plays and 24 singles.

Singing act of producing musical sounds with the voice

Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice and augments regular speech by the use of sustained tonality, rhythm, and a variety of vocal techniques. A person who sings is called a singer or vocalist. Singers perform music that can be sung with or without accompaniment by musical instruments. Singing is often done in an ensemble of musicians, such as a choir of singers or a band of instrumentalists. Singers may perform as soloists or accompanied by anything from a single instrument up to a symphony orchestra or big band. Different singing styles include art music such as opera and Chinese opera, Indian music and religious music styles such as gospel, traditional music styles, world music, jazz, blues, gazal and popular music styles such as pop, rock, electronic dance music and filmi.

Rhythm guitar guitar technique; part of the rhythmic pulse in conjunction with other instruments from the rhythm section

In music performances, rhythm guitar is a technique and role that performs a combination of two functions: to provide all or part of the rhythmic pulse in conjunction with other instruments from the rhythm section ; and to provide all or part of the harmony, i.e. the chords from a song's chord progression, where a chord is a group of notes played together. Therefore, the basic technique of rhythm guitar is to hold down a series of chords with the fretting hand while strumming or fingerpicking rhythmically with the other hand. More developed rhythm techniques include arpeggios, damping, riffs, chord solos, and complex strums.


Songs played overall (July 27, 1983 – August 30, 1984)

"The Ecstasy of Gold" ("Ennio Morricone" cover)
(audio introduction)

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Ennio Morricone Italian composer, orchestrator and conductor

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  1. "Hit the Lights"
  2. "The Four Horsemen"
  3. "Jump in the Fire"
  4. "Blitzkrieg" ("Blitzkrieg" cover)
  5. "Fight Fire with Fire"
  6. "For Whom the Bell Tolls"
  7. "Ride the Lightning"
  8. "Phantom Lord"
  9. "No Remorse"
  10. "The Call of Ktulu"
  11. "Motorbreath"
  12. "Seek & Destroy"
  13. "Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth)" (Cliff Burton bass solo)
  14. "Whiplash"
  15. "Creeping Death"
  16. "Am I Evil?" (Diamond Head cover)
  17. Kirk Hammett guitar solo
  18. "Metal Militia"
Typical setlist

"The Ecstasy of Gold" ("Ennio Morricone" cover)
(audio introduction)

  1. "Hit the Lights"
  2. "The Four Horsemen"
  3. "Jump in the Fire"
  4. "Phantom Lord"
  5. "No Remorse"
  6. "Motorbreath"
  7. "Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth)" (Cliff Burton bass solo)
  8. "Whiplash"
  9. "Seek & Destroy"
  10. Kirk Hammett guitar solo
  11. "Metal Militia"

Tour dates

North America (Supported Raven)
July 27, 1983 New Brunswick United StatesRoyal Manor
July 28, 1983 Bridgeport Utopia
July 29, 1983 Yonkers Rising Sun
July 30, 1983 Boston The Rat
July 31, 1983
August 2, 1983 Jamestown Melody Inn
August 3, 1983 Buffalo Rooftops Skyroom
August 4, 1983 Rochester River Boat
August 5, 1983 New York City L'Amour East
August 6, 1983 L'Amour
August 7, 1983 Babylon Cheers
August 9, 1983 Morganville Sports 9 Skateway
August 10, 1983 Essex Seagull Inn
August 11, 1983 Baltimore Coast to Coast
August 13, 1983 Chicago Metro Chicago
August 14, 1983 Milwaukee Mickey's
August 16, 1983 Bald Knob Bald Knob Amphitheatre
August 17, 1983 Pine Bluff Pine Bluff Convention Center
August 18, 1983 Texarkana Texarkana College Music Hall
August 19, 1983 Russellville Tucker Coliseum
August 20, 1983 Roland Harry's Rock 'N' Roll Bar
August 22, 1983 Tyler Harvey Hall
August 24, 1983 Austin Nightlife
August 25, 1983 San Antonio Daddy's Nightclub
August 26, 1983 Odessa Ector County Coliseum
August 27, 1983 Portales ENMU Outdoor Concert Stage
August 28, 1983 Las Cruces Corbett Center Ballroom
August 29, 1983 Pasadena Perkins Palace
August 30, 1983 Los Angeles Reseda Country Club
September 1, 1983 Palo Alto Keystone Club
September 2, 1983 Berkeley Keystone Club
September 3, 1983 San Francisco The Stone
North America (2nd leg)
October 31, 1983Palo AltoUnited StatesKeystone Club
November 4, 1983Los AngelesReseda Country Club
November 7, 1983San FranciscoThe Stone
November 17, 1983 Portland Starry Night
November 18, 1983 Bellevue Lake Hills Arena
November 24, 1983Palo AltoKeystone Club
November 25, 1983BerkeleyKeystone Club
November 26, 1983San FranciscoThe Stone
December 14, 1983MilwaukeeThe Palms
December 15, 1983ChicagoBroadway Jack's Pavilion (2 Shows)
December 18, 1983 Cleveland Agora Ballroom
December 30, 1983 Aberdeen Fountain Casino
December 31, 1983 Mount Vernon Left Bank
January 7, 1984 Port Jervis Port Jervis State Theater
January 11, 1984RochesterRiver Boat
Januarh 15, 1984 South River Union Jack
January 20, 1984 Middletown J. Bee's Rock III
January 21, 1984 Valley Stream Rio Theater
January 22, 1984Boston The Channel
Europe (1st Leg) (7 Dates of Hell Tour)
February 3, 1984 Zürich Switzerland House of the People
February 5, 1984 Milan ItalyCurtain Theater
February 7, 1984 Neunkirchen West Germany Hemmerleinhalle
February 9, 1984ParisFranceBalard Space
February 11, 1984 Zwolle Netherlands Zwolle Ijsselhalls (Aardschok Festival 1984)
February 12, 1984 Poperinge BelgiumMaeckeblyde Club
Ride the Lightning Recording Sessions
February 20 – March 14, 1984 Copenhagen Denmark Sweet Silence Studios
Hell on Earth Tour
March 21, 1984 Stoke England Victoria Hall
March 22, 1984 Hammersmith Hammersmith Odeon
March 23, 1984 Dunstable Queensway Hall
March 25, 1984 Cardiff Wales New Ocean Club
March 26, 1984 Nottingham England Rock City
March 27, 1984 Blackburn King George's Hall
London Marquee Club
March 29, 1984 Manchester Manchester Apollo Theatre
March 30, 1984 Newcastle Mayfair Ballroom
April 1, 1984 Ayr Scotland Ayr Pavilion
April 2, 1984 Glasgow Glasgow Apollo Penthouse
April 3, 1984 Birmingham England Birmingham Odeon Theatre
April 8, 1984LondonMarquee Club
Europe (2nd Leg)
June 6, 1984 Leiden NetherlandsLeiden City Auditorium
June 7, 1984 Frankfurt West Germany Frankfurt National School House
June 8, 1984 Oldenzaal NetherlandsJumbo
June 9, 1984 De Westereen De Westereen Event Hall
June 10, 1984PoperingeBelgiumBosco Sports Field (Heavy Sound Festival 1984 #2)
North America
July 20, 1984San FranciscoUnited States Mabuhay Gardens (Billed as "The Four Horsemen")
August 3, 1984New York City Roseland Ballroom (Megaforce Records Show)
Breaking Sound Festival
August 29, 1984ParisFranceLe Bourget Rotunda
August 30, 1984

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