Ride the Lightning Tour

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Ride the Lightning Tour
Promotional tour by Metallica
LocationNorth America
Associated album Ride the Lightning
Start dateNovember 17, 1984 (1984-11-17)
End dateMarch 19, 1985 (1985-03-19)
Legs1 in Europe
1 in North America
2 total
No. of shows61 in North America
27 in Europe
88 total
Metallica concert chronology

The Ride the Lightning Tour was the second tour by American thrash metal band Metallica, supporting their second album Ride the Lightning .

Concert tour series of concerts by a single artist in different venues

A concert tour is a series of concerts by an artist or group of artists in different cities, countries or locations. Often concert tours are named to differentiate different tours by the same artist and to associate a specific tour with a particular album or product. Especially in the popular music world, such tours can become large-scale enterprises that last for several months or even years, are seen by hundreds of thousands or millions of people, and bring in millions of dollars in ticket revenues. A performer who embarks on a concert tour is called a touring artist.

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.


Tank supported in Europe, as did WASP and Armored Saint in North America. "Half [the audience] was theirs, half was ours," recalled WASP frontman Blackie Lawless. "It didn't matter what we were doing onstage. It looked like two opposing armies. Sometimes we just stopped what we were doing and watched. It was a war." [1]

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Blackie Lawless musician, songwriter and actor

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Metallica performed for the first time at Monsters of Rock in front of 70,000 people. [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]

Monsters of Rock concert tour

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It was Metallica's last full tour to feature bassist Cliff Burton, as he was killed in a bus accident in Stockholm, Sweden during the Damage, Inc. Tour.

Cliff Burton American musician, member of Metallica

Clifford Lee Burton was an American musician and songwriter, best known as the bass guitarist for the American band Metallica from December 1982 until his death in September 1986.

The Damage, Inc. Tour was a concert tour by American thrash metal band Metallica in support of the band's third studio album, Master of Puppets. The name of the tour is taken from the last song on the album. It began on March 27, 1986 and ended on February 13, 1987. Metallica supported Ozzy Osbourne from March to August, headlined a string of U.S. dates between May 23 and June 7 with Armored Saint, and were the main act throughout the fall and winter with support from Anthrax and Metal Church. Roadie John Marshall, who later played guitar in Metal Church, filled in for James Hetfield on rhythm guitar between July 27 and September 25 following a mid-tour skateboarding accident resulting in a broken arm. Hetfield, Cliff Burton and Kirk Hammett had discussed firing Lars Ulrich upon completion of the tour, but plans were set aside upon the death of Burton on September 27, 1986 in a tour bus accident near Ljungby, Sweden while en route from Stockholm to Copenhagen, Denmark. Performances that were scheduled for October were postponed and the band hired a new bassist, Jason Newsted to complete the rest of the tour. Metallica also became the first band of the Big Four to cross the Iron Curtain, with two concerts in Katowice, Poland on February 10 and 11, 1987.


James Hetfield American musician, songwriter and record producer

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

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Tour dates

Europe (Bang That Head That Doesn't Bang Tour)
November 16, 1984 Rouen FranceExo 7
November 17, 1984 Poperinge BelgiumJoyful Makeover Salon
November 18, 1984ParisFranceBalard Space
November 20, 1984 Lyon D'Hiver Palace
November 21, 1984 Marseilles Marseilles Stadium
November 22, 1984 Toulouse Riff Club
November 23, 1984 Bordeaux Bourdeaux Celebration Hall
November 24, 1984 Montpellier Grand Odeon
November 25, 1984 Nice Théâtre de verdure de Nice
November 27, 1984 Milan ItalyCurtain Theatre
November 28, 1984 Venice Giovanni Palace
November 30, 1984 Zürich Switzerland Volkshaus
December 1, 1984 Mainz West Germany Elzer Court
December 2, 1984 Neunkirchen Hemmerleinhalle
December 3, 1984 Mannheim Mannheim Cultural House
December 4, 1984 Sindelfingen Sindelfingen Exhibition Hall
December 5, 1984 Cologne Cologne City Hall
December 7, 1984 Amsterdam Netherlands Paradiso
December 8, 1984 Osnabrück West Germany Gartlage Hall
December 9, 1984 Hamburg Markthalle Hamburg
December 11, 1984 Copenhagen Denmark Saga Rock Theatre
December 12, 1984 Stockholm Sweden Göta Lejon
December 14, 1984 Lieto FinlandNuortentalo Tarvashovi Oy
December 15, 1984 Nivala Tuiskula
December 16, 1984 Helsinki Helsinki Culture House
December 20, 1984LondonEngland Lyceum Ballroom
North America
January 9, 1985 Boston United States The Channel
January 10, 1985 Scotia Skyway
January 11, 1985 Hartford Agora Ballroom
January 12, 1985 Upper Darby Tower Theater
January 13, 1985 Baltimore Coast to Coast
January 15, 1985 Montreal Canada Spectrum
January 16, 1985
January 17, 1985 Quebec City Albert-Rousseau Hall
January 18, 1985 Ottawa Ottawa Civic Center
January 19, 1985 Toronto Toronto Concert Hall
January 20, 1985 Buffalo United StatesSalty Dog Skyroom Saloon
January 22, 1985 Scranton West Side Theater
January 23, 1985 Poughkeepsie Mid-Hudson Civic Center
January 25, 1985New York City L'Amour
January 26, 1985
January 27, 1985
January 28, 1985 Columbus Newport Music Hall
January 29, 1985 Cincinnati Annie's Riverside Saloon
January 30, 1985 Indianapolis Sherwood Country Club
February 1, 1985 Royal Oak Royal Oak Music Theatre
February 2, 1985 Cleveland Variety Theatre
February 3, 1985 Kalamazoo Kalamazoo State Theater
February 5, 1985 Madison Headliner's Pub
February 6, 1985 Minneapolis First Avenue
February 7, 1985 Rochester Mayo Civic Auditorium
February 8, 1985 Milwaukee Eagles Club Ballroom
February 9, 1985 Chicago Aragon Ballroom
February 10, 1985 Green Bay Carlton Celebrity Ballroom
February 13, 1985 Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids Veterans Memorial Coliseum
February 14, 1985 Burlington Burlington Memorial Auditorium
February 15, 1985 St. Louis Reflexions
February 16, 1985 Kansas City Uptown Theater
February 17, 1985 Wichita Cotillion Ballroom
February 20, 1985 Tulsa Cain's Ballroom
February 21, 1985 Austin Austin City Coliseum
February 22, 1985 Corpus Christi Ritz Music Hall
February 23, 1985 San Antonio Cameo Theater
February 24, 1985
February 25, 1985
February 26, 1985 Pasadena Cardi's South
February 27, 1985 Dallas Arcadia Theater
February 28, 1985 Houston Cardi's
March 2, 1985 El Paso Big Apple Night Club
March 3, 1985 Albuquerque Graham Central Station
March 4, 1985 Colorado Springs DJ's Nightclub
March 5, 1985 Denver Rainbow Music Hall
March 8, 1985 Pomona Pomona Valley Auditorium
March 9, 1985 San Diego Back Door
March 10, 1985Los Angeles Hollywood Palladium
March 11, 1985 Phoenix Palace West
March 13, 1985 Palo Alto Keystone Club
March 14, 1985San FranciscoKabuki Theater
March 15, 1985
March 17, 1985 Seattle Moore Theater
March 18, 1985 Vancouver CanadaNew York Theater
March 19, 1985 Portland United States The Starry Night
Monsters of Rock
August 17, 1985 Castle Donington England Donington Park (Monsters of Rock Donington 1985)
North America
August 24, 1985 Berkeley United StatesRuthie's Inn (Billed as "The Four Horsemen")
August 31, 1985 Oakland Oakland Coliseum ( Day on the Green 1985 )
Metal Hammer Festival
September 14, 1985 Sankt Goarshausen West Germany Freilichtbühne Loreley
North America
December 29, 1985 Sacramento United States Sacramento Memorial Auditorium
December 31, 1985San Francisco San Francisco Civic Auditorium
"Spastik Children"
January 30 or 31, 1986BerkeleyUnited StatesRuthie's Inn
February 20, 1986San Francisco Mabuhay Gardens
March 8, 1986 The Rock

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