Thursday, December 3, 2009

Thanks 2 Morning Show Central for this great interview about Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984!

Thanks 2 Morning Show Central for this great interview about Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984!

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanks to Sakis Nikas and Rock for this review of Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984

Bill Hale
Metallica, The Club Dayz 1982-1984
ECW Press

Bill Hale is a photographer who worked for a music magazine and had the privilege of capturing in film some of the best shows that took place in the Holy Land of San Francisco when a new movement was about to emerge best known as “Bay Area Thrash”. This specific book possess an archival interest as it is full of photos cued from various Metallica club shows in an era when Ron McGovney and Dave Mustaine played bass and lead guitar respectively. Naturally, there are photos of the first appearances of Cliff Burton and Kirk Hammet with Metallica on stage while it is quite funny that Hale tried his best to make the band pose backstage with…mediocre results. After all, Metallica wasn’t famous back then for their “easy-going” character when it came down to photo-shooting!

Bill Hale’s photos may not have the quality or the perfect standards of Ross Halfin or Neil Zlozower but nevertheless he had succeeded in time-travel us to a time that seems (and is in many respects) far distant. Those were the days were Metallica had no money, were virtually unknown and tried to make it to the top having as their big weapon the compositions that laid the foundation of the thrash metal genre.

“The Club Dayz” is a book that is published mainly for the devoted Metallica fans and we must underline that it doesn’t feature many details for the legendary band. This is a book or even better a special time capsule with the unique characteristic to bring out special emotional charge to all those who have the luck to take a look through it.

Highlight: The famous Ron Quintana has written an introductory 3-page note.

Sakis Nikas

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thanks to Panthro @ Heavy Metal Cosmos for this review of Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984!

Thanks to Panthro and Heavy Metal Cosmos for this review of Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984!

Metallica - The Club Dayz 1982-1984

Author:Bill Hale
Publisher:ECW Press 2009
Distributor:IPG (Independent Publishers Group)

While Metallica is now one of the biggest bands in the world having approximately 100,000,000 albums sold worldwide, few of the millions of fans were lucky enough to see them live at the begining of their careers. Then Metallica begun at their magnificent course at various clubs. However the photographer Bill Hale was there and shows us an amazing photo album of the band with very rare material that deserves to see everyone. The Club Dayz is a collection of photos of the legendary band shot between 1982 and 1987. Among others you will see many pictures from the first season of the band with Dave Mustaine, Ron McGonvey (the first bass player of Metallica), Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield. You can also see Kirk Hammett kid still in Exodus, rare photographs of Cliff Burton, photos by other bands of that era and other real emotionally charged pictures. Also through the 112 pages of this wonderful book you will learn many unknown aspects of the complex. In a remarkable the excellent layout, but also the many great personalities who talk like John Strednansky of heavy rock-metal magazine, Metal Rendezvous, which brought the band into contact with Cliff Burton.

Average: They gave us 10 flames!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanks to Martin Popoff for his review of Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984

Metallica - The Club Dayz 1982-1984
Goldmine, May 8, 2009 by Popoff, Martin

"Metallica - The Club Dayz 1982-1984" by Bill Hale: 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 - six of them to be exact, but including a ton of cool backstage hijinks to make the book flow with a smile pasted across yer face.
Actually, what adds a great richness to this slim tome is the heady insiders' text from Ron Quintana, Scott Earl and John Strednansky, all mere boys and buds of the band and making their own (mostly journalistic) impacts along with this band that just might go somewhere some day. Additional pro wordsmithing is by Bob Nalbandian (now of the Shockwaves podcasts), who was also part of the gang, making this a near-complete, friendly, alcoholic singalong to a magic past - missing is only Metal Blade's Brian Slagel.
Dave Mustaine's here, as is original bassist Ron McGovney, there's Kirk Hammett's first show, the now-deceased Cliff Burton's first show, even shots of Hammett with Exodus and one Jason Newsted playing the beery Jon Lord. And if that ain't enough, spot all the other musicians and biz folk from those crazy days, usually bathed in sweat and beer with a leer with someone giving the finger near.
(Softcover, 112 pages, $19.95. ECW Press,
- Martin Popoff
Copyright Krause Publications May 8, 2009
Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning Company. All rights Reserved

Bibliography for: "Metallica - The Club Dayz 1982-1984"
Popoff, Martin "Metallica - The Club Dayz 1982-1984". Goldmine. 25 Nov, 2009.
Copyright Krause Publications May 8, 2009
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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Thanks to Matthew Moyer of Ink 19 for this GREAT review of Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-84

Metallica: The Club Dayz 1982-1984
Photography by Bill Hale
ECW Press

More than humdrum recent albums like St. Anger and Death Magnetic, zine photog Bill Hale's portraits of a young-and-hungry Metallica are exactly what the band needs to burnish their image and re-establish their underground bonafides. Before the Napster debacle, before tearful therapy sessions splashed all over the big screen, before Bob Seger covers, before being rendered down to loony caricatures in some video game, in The Club Dayz we hearken back to a time when Metallica actually mattered. In direct contradiction to most band/celebrity photobooks, Metallica (whether they know it or not) NEEDS Bill Hale's photos to see the light of day more than Bill Hale needed them to be seen. Funny, that.

The various forewords are in turns vaguely amusing, vaguely informative, and in the case of Ron Quintana, laugh-out-loud funny -- though not in the way he intended. Quintana pulls out every metal-press-release cliché in the book to the point where it actually deadens the visceral impact of what he witnessed. And make no mistake, what he witnessed was epochal. Early Metallica could be a life-changing epiphany, a communal celebration, in the way that the Sex Pistols or Bad Brains or Who gigs were. They basically remade metal in their own sweaty, manic, delinquent image, mainlining the primal adrenaline of Motorhead and Venom and Discharge; making metal dangerous and taboo again as the Sunset Strip scene was setting the tone for mainstream metal. A scene sprung up around them in San Francisco, kids who would turn their backs to hapless opening acts with denim jackets covered in NWOBHM patches, and peer bands like Exodus and Testament, for whom there was no such thing as too fast and too loud. It was heady stuff.

Club Dayz is also the ultimate redemption of Dave Mustaine, long dismissed as inconsequential to the Metallica sound in the official version, and a loose cannon egomaniac at that. (Not helped by his own behavior with Megadeth in the succeeding years, did you see him skydiving on Headbangers Ball?) But whereas James and Lars and even Kirk look terribly gangly and awkward, Mustaine just oozes star quality. He hits all the iconic poses, shirtless, clad in a leather vest with one of those unfeasibly spiky guitars. His curly teenage metal hair ends up looking cool instead of goofy, ditto the blindingly pale skin, and from the visual evidence, he was an important focal point for early Metallica. Check out the shots where the fans at the front actually stop headbanging for a moment, so they can watch him dive into another solo. The backstage shots, on the other hand, make him seem most likely to make your life miserable. Believe it.

Most importantly, this book humanizes Metallica: they're kids, man. Zitty, greasy teenagers in the first flush of metal fandom, clad in crisp Motorhead and Venom t-shirts, bullet belts, tight jeans, and ludicrous white high tops. Their hair is still growing out, fer chrissakes. In other words, crucially, they look exactly like the faithful crammed at the front of the stage, headbanging insanely. Their eyes shine enthusiastically and almost innocently, the whole thing seems so pure and full of promise. Metallica, and peers like Exodus and Armored Saint, really wanted to conquer the world for metal. And coming from a lapsed Metallica fan, this reminds me why I was drawn to them in middle school.

Remember what I said about them being human? That doesn't go for late bassist Cliff Burton. Cliff Burton wasn't human, he was lightning in a bottle. Looking like a member of Crazy Horse or Saint Vitus or a '60s Hells Angel beamed right into the thick of the Frisco thrash scene, he was every inch the icon. Clad in denim, bell bottoms, Cuban-heeled boots, and shoulder length hair with porno mustache -- Burton thrashed away at his bass with joyous abandon. Who the fuck else could get away with the first extended bass solo in thrash metal without being run out on a rail a la the end of O Brother Where Art Thou? He's utterly incandescent in every one of these photos, and much missed.

It ends fittingly with Exodus guitarist Kirk Hammet's first gig with the band, Dave Mustaine already sent packing off to Megadeth, resentment, and heroin -- and world conquest beckoned. Hale's shots -- damn, he was just a kid too -- are top-shelf, crisp, clear, colorful, and kinetic. Some remind me of Ross Halfin. He had full access backstage and wasn't afraid to wade into the pit to get crucial shots from the front. He has a good eye for the pose, and his fan's eye view allows him to capture shots that more experienced and blasé snappers might pass up. Some of these shots have been pilfered for various Metallica releases and the pages of US metal zines and the hipper UK mags like RAW, but this is the first airing of the entire collection. A slim volume but very much worth it for all serious students of metal. And I'm not even a fucking Metallica fan!
ECW Press:
Matthew Moyer

Friday, November 20, 2009

Thanks 2 Marc for sending us a pic of him with his copy of Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984!

me & my book, bookmarker & backstage pass.

got my copy autographed by the man himself..Bill Hale!

if you haven't seen this book yet..get a copy!! it's amazing & will bring back memories of Metallica..dosen't matter if you saw them in 1982 or lastnight.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thanks to Classix Metal for the interview and cover photo!

Thanks to Classix Metal from Italy for using the Club Dayz photo as their cover on this issue and the interview!!

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Maximum Threshold Radio Show Interviews Bill Hale 10/10/09 @ 10 PM EST

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Thanks Fran for taking and sharing this pic!!

Thanks Fran!!


Oct 5, 2009 2:18 PM
"I saw your book on the shelves of a bookstore in Soho the other day...just around the corner from an ace rockbar (Crobar), so I left it sticking out so folk could see it when passing. ;)"

Fran's pic

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Thanks 2 Albert S. Hodge III "Thunder Tyrant" for his review of Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984

5.0 out of 5 stars
Bill Hale RULES!!! September 18, 2009
By Albert S. Hodge III "Thunder Tyrant" (Nola / Texas) -

Bill Hale's work in this book is amazing. As a kid growing up on the first wave of the Thrash moment I remembering seeing some of these photos in underground magazines back then. Then to put a name and a face behind the lens was amazing! Bill Hale has some of the greatest moments in Rock N Roll History documented on film. This is just the tip of the iceberg! There is alot more to come! Cheers Bill for such a great book!

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Thanks 2 JROCK HOUSTON for his great interview on Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984

Check out the latest issue (5) of Chaotic Riffs Magazine and read the interview with Bill Hale by JROCK HOUSTON on Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984 on pgs. 5-7.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Infernal Rock Radio interviews Bill Hale on Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984

Texas Beth of Infernal Rock Radio has rescheduled her interview with Bill Hale about Metallica: The Club Dayz 1982-1984 on Wednesday, 9/2 @ 9pm EST

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Monday, August 31, 2009

SLAUGHTERAMA MAGAZINE review of Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Thanks 2 Pat in the Hat for the review @ Amazon for Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984

Thanks 2 Pat in the Hat for this review he wrote @ for Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984

I Bought This Book..., August 28, 2009
PtH "Nearly-Famous Harmonicator & Bluesologist" (Honolulu, HI) - See all my reviews
...for the same reason I don't "read" Playboy. I admit it: I am a voyeur. Bill Hale must be one too because he takes an awful lot of pictures. Metallica (at least in the days that most die-hard fans I know lament) must have approved of "voyeurism" because they didn't seem to mind being looked at. In fact, the unique relationship they exhibited with their one-man, personal Paparazzi is what sets this collection apart from any other, aside from the rarity of the subject matter.
I don't own a coffee table, but when the hard-bound version gets released, this may be the impetus I need to justify going out and buying one to accommodate my many voyeuristic friends.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Anthony Kuzminski of antiMusic Network reviews Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984 in The Screen Door

Special thanks to Anthony Kuzminski of antiMusic Network for this sweet review of Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984 in The Screen Door

Metallica: The Club Dayz 1982-1984 Photo Book by Bill Hale
In a world obsessed with fly-by-night celebrities it's rare to find a picture book that transcends its subject. Bill Hale's Metallica: The Club Dayz 1982-1984 is one of those few books that are more than developed film on paper, but a time machine in book form of the mightiest metal band the world has ever known; Metallica. Bill Hale was a photographer for Metal Rendezvous and he happened to be at the right place at the right time and captured Metallica's birth, infancy and childhood period as a band and he has now published it for the world to relish in. I wasn't old enough to appreciate these early days and even if I was, I am half way across the country from where all the real action was taking place in California. Despite never being able to see the Metallica line-up with Dave Mustaine or Cliff Burton's first show as I paged through Metallica: The Club Dayz 1982-1984 I felt like I was there. Anyone can gather pictures together but can they weave a story and tell a tale? Hale manages to do this with a chronological sequence of pictures from a variety of shows he shot mostly between 1982 and 1984.
Picture books are a tough sell, especially in this day and age where they are a dime a dozen. Anyone these days who has a digital camera thinks they are a pro. Yet what most people miss out on that there's more to a picture than good light and a good angle. Back in 1982 and 1983 when Hale captured these shots of Metallica, not everyone with a Polaroid considered themselves a professional photographer. In fact, few would want to bother with carrying the equipment with them for a whole evening, but Hale did. Overlooking the book, one can see that Hale always managed to get the shots he needed regardless of whether he was in the photo pit or not. Capturing the band in all their youthful innocence is a joy to see. His pictures leap off the page and breathe. Whether it is a goofy James Hetfield transforming into an onstage demon, or childlike Lars Ulrich wailing away on his drums, Hale captures their evolution from a very raw garage band to the San Francisco areas defining metal band and well…you know how the story ends. It's refreshing to look at pictures where the artist being captured isn't self conscious. As people grow older and become more aware of a camera, there is a certain level of pretentiousness that invades the space. They know they are being photographed or even worse, they are being shot for a very specific purpose. People are worried how they may look. A certain angle can be unflattering, you may look heavier or older depending on the angle, how you looked at the lens and it may capture you at a moment that is not your best. I've always preferred a documentarian style of picture taking and all of Hale's Metallica pictures are raw and in the flesh capturing their free and unyielding spirit.
Hale's pictures seizes one of the mightiest of metal bands at a profoundly unique time in their life; the beginning of their career. Capturing an artist of Metallica's stature during this time is like capturing lightning in a bottle. The band is youthful, full of innocence and seeing glorious color shots of the band as they began to crawl and walk is nothing short of incandescent. Including photo's from shows at The Stone and The Old Waldorf in San Francisco. Hale captured the band on stage and off. The beauty of these pictures is he captures them in informal moments that they would never allow today. In truth, I wouldn't allow anyone to take pictures of me like this. There's a shot of Lars Ulrich in his underwear that made me chuckle because it shows that these were just a bunch of friends who got together to make music. It's these candid moments that make you feel like you were there. There are numerous shots of the band saluting Hale whenever he tries to get them to pose and even a picture mere weeks before Cliff Burton died with an old friend (sorry, I won't reveal this one, you need to buy the book to discover who he was with). Another unique aspect of Hale's book is that he manages to capture the band with Ron McGovney and a few short months later with Cliff Burton at his first gig. There are even shots of Exodus with a young Kirk Hammett. He even manages to grab a shot of both Hammett and Mustaine backstage together, talk about being in the right place at the right time.
Metallica: The Club Dayz 1982-1984 is full of eye-wide innocence, yet it also showcases a band who was defining not just their own sound but metal's overall. I have seen pictures similar to these plastered across net, never before have I seen a book that transcends the way this one does. Bill Hale is to Metallica as Astrid Kirchherr was to the Beatles. Kirchherr captured those legendary shots of the Beatles in Hamburg that are a testament to their first steps into a much wider world. Both Hale and Kirchherr caught these respective bands in a distinctive time and place that can never be replicated.Metallica: The Club Dayz 1982-1984 is more than a mere picture book but a historical document of one of Metallica's early days. These pictures leap off the page at you and finally give one perspective as to what it would have been like to witness Metallica with three distinctive line-ups over a short period of time. It's a one of a kind book that captures one of the world's great bands, highly recommended.

Anthony Kuzminski is a Chicago based writer and Special Features Editor for the antiMusic Network and his daily writings can be read at The Screen Door and can be contacted at thescreendoor AT gmail DOT com.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Dirty Rock Magazine reviews Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984

Thanks to Dirty Rock Magazine ( for this review of Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984!

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Fran with his copy of Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984

Put down your bibles people and grab yaself a more relevant book for these rock n roll times...Metallica: The Club Dayz 82-84 by Bill Hale.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

GLORYDAZE Music Review for Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984

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ARTIST: Metallica
BOOK The Club Days 1982-1984
SERIAL: ISBN-13-978-1-55022-876-2
YEAR: 2009


It was an interesting time for sure. Ronald 'Ray Gun' Reagan was the president. America was surging forward into a decade of excess, no one had any idea who Al Qaeda were or who the Taliban were. In some ways, those early years of the 80's decade were an innocent period. Perhaps not so innocent as the bright and breezy pop era of the 70's. But by 1982, the rock world was about to be turned upside down by a handful of upstarts - originally from L.A but resettled in San Francisco - going by the name of Metallica. As time and history would reveal, this band would go on to conquer all sorts of achievements right up until the current day. It's not the modern day Metallica we're focusing on here.. but more their earlier days, before they found mega-stardom. Back in 1979, a young fella called Bill Hale would start off his working life as a photographer. He eventually became the chief Photographer for Metal Rendezous International, a magazine dedicated to hard rock and heavy metal. It was during this time that he was exposed to all the big guns of the HM world, and managed to photograph many legendary figures before they passed on, including Phil Lynott, Rory Gallagher, Bon Scott and Freddie Mercury. Bill's other knack was building a port-folio of many bands before they made the big-time, and this is where his new book 'Metallica - The Club Dayz 1982-1984' kicks in.

This mainly photographic book, published by Canadian book publisher ECW Press, takes a historical look at Metallica's past through the eyes and lens of Bill Hale, focusing on the 1982-1984 timeframe when they were first starting out. The band, at their earliest point includes photos with then guitarist Dave Mustaine and then bassist Ron McGovney. Nearly all of the photos displayed in the book have never been released into the public domain before, and are a sometimes intimate and private look at the band during this formative period. Bill has captured photos at various gigs during this timeframe, including Metallica's first few shows in San Francisco upon moving there, the first show with Cliff Burton onboard, the last show with Dave Mustaine, and the first show with Kirk Hammett. Some of these photos are raw, primal, energetic, cheeky and illuminating, capturing the various moods of the band members before, during and after their shows. There are also some interesting shots with well known people in the industry at the time, including Ron Quintana, Mike Varney, Uli Roth, plus members from metal contemporaries Armored Saint, Exodus, and Laaz Rockit.

In Summary
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, and certainly makes for good spot reading on a cold and rainy day while listening to Barry Manilow! lol!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Infernal Rock Radio interview with Bill Hale on Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984

Texas Beth of Infernal Rock Radio will be interviewing Bill Hale about Metallica: The Club Dayz 1982-1984 on Wednesday, 8/12 8pm CST

Due to technical problems this interview had to postponed and we'll re-post when we've re-scheduled.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Previously unreleased photo of Cliff Burton and friends

This photo does not appear in Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984 and until now is previously unreleased!

Andy LaRocque (King Diamond)
John Strednansky ( Editor and Chief of Metal Rendezvous Int. Heavy Rock - Metal Magazine)
Cliff Burton
Timi "Grabber" Hansen (Mercyful Fate/ King Diamond)
Backstage @ The Stone in San Francisco

Monday, July 27, 2009

The Sporadic Gazette review of Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984 by Goreripper

Metallica: The CLub Dayz 1982 - 1984 reviewed by Goreripper
Bill Hale is a Hawaii-based rock photographer who was lucky enough to be where plenty of us probably wish we could have been 27 years ago: hanging out on the San Francisco metal scene. He got to see, and document, the birth of one of the greatest bands metal has produced. Regardless of your opinion of Metallica, without them it's unlikely metal would have become the institution it is today, and in this book Hale captures the embryonic days of a band that has since become one of the world's biggest musical acts.

The first few pages are reminiscences from some of the others who were there, John Strednansky from Metal Rendezvous, Ron Quintana, the zine editor from whom Lars stole the name Metallica, and Scott Earl from a band called Culprit, whose drummer got into a fight with Dave Mustaine at Cliff Burton's second ever Metallica gig: "Mustaine basically threw my guitarist's pedals into the corner in a big ball of duct tape. I guess we weren't getting out of their way fast enough."

These tales of the band's early days, in which Mustaine features very prominently, are pure gold. But the good stuff - the great stuff, the stuff that really shows us how it began and what it was like - that all really begins on page 25, with a series of shots from a gig in September 1982, when Metallica was still based in LA and opening for Bitch. There's Hetfield, wearing a bullet belt and a Venom shirt, flipping the bird. Later on, there's a bunch from Burton's first gig, headlining over Laaz Rockit and Exodus, with Cliff in his bell-bottoms, clutching his Rickenbacker, another from backstage of Hammett and Mustaine side by side. Further on, Kirk's in the band as they open for Raven and near the end, a slightly blurry candid picture of Dave and Cliff, hanging out after a Megadeth show in August, 1986, six weeks before Burton was gone forever. What strikes you the most is how fresh-faced, fun-loving and rebellious everyone is: in a backstage shot with Burton, Mustaine's wearing an inverted crucifix in his ear, elsewhere there's Lars yakking it up with Gonzo Sandoval from Armored Saint.

There isn't much "art" to Hale's shots, and almost none that can be called "posed". Even the publicity pics were of shirtless, beer-swilling reprobates with cheesy, cheeky grins and enormous pitchers of amber fluid. Just like the music the band was making back then, Bill Hale's photos are raw, urgent, immediate and vital, capturing the young Metallica's very essence. For anyone who was there, or wishes they were, this is a great book.

- Goreripper

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Ron McGovney Reviews Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984

Great pics Bill. If I wasn't on stage , I would have been clickin my Canon AE-1! You know those famous posing shots of Metallica in 1982 and I am wearing the Motorhead shirt? I took those! We moved the pool table , I set my AE-1 on a tripod. We took the posters off the wall and I set up a garage work light. I told everyone where to stand and I had ... Read Morea friend stand in my spot. When it looked good , I went to my position and my friend took the first picture. I then had us do several different poses. Somehow , those negs disappeared when they left for San Francisco!

Ron McGovney

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Tastes Like Rock! Music Magazine review for Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984

Bill Hale's Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984
By Michael Meade

Metallica Club Dayz cover
Courtesy Photography by Bill Hale

Bill Hale is one lucky guy! In the early 1980s he was assigned to photograph an up and coming metal band by the name of Metallica. He was there as they found their stride as a band, through the early problems (replacing Dave Mustaine with Kirk Hammet, and Cliff Burton's far too early death).
Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984 is of course a must own for Metallica fans, but should really be a part of every music enthusiast's collection. Hale has shared some truly amazing, never before seen candid photos and great anecdotes of the band that helped bring metal past metalheads to the forefront of rock. Not to mention cementing speed metal's place in North America.
Hale's humorous recollections definately form the soul of this book. The introductory stories of Metallica memories from John Strednansky (Editor and Chief of Metal Rendezvous Int. Heavy Rock - Metal Magazine), Ron Quintana, and Scott Earl (bass - Culprit) gave that much more heart to it; not that it lacked any for even a sentence.

The true heart of the book is of course Hale's photos. Backstage or down in the pit (the mosh pit, Bill worked all six shows presented without the safety of a photo pit), he captured moments of time in the lives of Mustaine, Hetfield, McGovney, Ulrich, Burton, and Hammet that countless fans would kill to have seen and experienced live.
There are many to choose from, but this writer's favorite shots are on pages 90-91; Burton, Mustaine, and a female friend sitting on a small stoop a few doors down from the Stone in San Francisco on March 19 1983. Not only for the fact that Dave would be out of the band soon and the coming tragedy of Cliff's passing, but also the emotions displayed on their faces; much the same sentiment Bill Hale says he feels about these two particular photos.
My next favorite is on page 107, Hale apologizes for the quality of the shot, but it's a rare photo of Cliff Burton and Dave Mustaine together after Mustaine was replaced on lead guitar by Kirk Hammet. It's a candid taken on August 12 1986, Megadeth opened for King Diamond at the Stone, without a trace of the Metallica/Megadeth animosity between them; this was also the last time Bill Hale saw Cliff Burton alive.

This piece, though shorter the book deserves, turned out a review/article hybrid but Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984 goes beyond any score, Bill Hale truly presents a priceless collection of photographs in a little documented part of the history of perhaps the biggest band metal will ever know.

Photographer Bill Hale
Courtesty Photography by Bill Hale

Bill Hale started photographing rock bands in 1979 at the age of eighteen. In the 1980s, Bill was the chief photographer for Metal Rendezvous International Heavy Rock-Metal Magazine.
While on staff he was able able to shoot many of the top bands of the day including Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Riot and UFO. Bill was fortunate enough to photograph many legends before they ascended to "rock and roll heaven" - Phil Lynott, Bon Scott, Freddie Mercury and Rory Gallagher are on that list.

Metal Rendezvous gave media coverage to some of metal's biggest legends including Anthrax, W.A.S.P., L.A. Guns and Armored Saint. Bill's work has appeared in such metal magazines as Kerrang!, Enfer and Metal Mania.

Bill now lives in Hawaii and still works with rock and rollers.
(Biography courtesy Photography by Bill Hale & ECW Press)

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Robert Fraioli's review for Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984

Robert Fraioli (St. Thomas Aquinas) wrote
at 2:38am on June 25th, 2009

This has to be one of the best books on Metallica's early days, if not the book on this topic. There was only one left at my local Barnes and Noble and I made sure that I grabbed it before someone else did.

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Mr. Mendoza on Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984

Just got metallica the club days yesterday, fucking awesome man! Any fan of metallica should own this book.

Mr. Mendoza

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Stephanne Dennis "Agent, Reviewer" for Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984

5.0 out of 5 stars A unique glance into metal history, June 27, 2009
By Stephanne Dennis "Agent, Reviewer" (Southeastern US)

Bill Hale has managed to "wow" me with amazing, exclusive, and unique photos documenting Metallica's early years that lead to their insurmountable fame in Metallica: The Club Dayz 1982-1984 [ECW Press, 2009]. Metallica, likely the most popular and legendary band in history for their genre, is accurately captured and provides readers with a glimpse of real history. Hale has managed to bring this megastar band a level of humanity and innocence (if that is possible?) that I have personally never encountered. This work allows the hundreds of thousands of us who `missed it' to be follow along as the metal monsters did their time in the club scenes. With a generous mix of photo pit and candid photography, Hale proves himself an artist in a class of his own.

Fans of Megadeth also find themselves enamored by Club Dayz, getting a glimpse of a young Dave when he was still part of Metallica. Bill, looking forward to the next snapshot of history that you allow me to accompany you through!

(Of note, as I know the author I'm a little biased)

Shelf Life reviews Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984

"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

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Thanks to The UK Torn for including us in their 2009 Metallibash!

We'd like to thank The UK Torn Official Metallica Chapter for befriending us and including us in their upcoming 2009 Metallibash! We are proud to be able to donate 5 books for the event to help with their chosen causes.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Sacramento Book Review for Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984

4.0 out of 5 stars Road to Rock Domination, June 17, 2009
By Sacramento Book Review "" (Sacramento, CA) -

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then photographer Bill Hale is hoping that fifty or so previously unpublished pictures of Metallica is worth a couple hundred thousand dollars. Hale snapped the pictures in //Metallica: The Club Dayz// between the years of 1982 and 1984, when the fledgling Metallica was still playing clubs in their native San Francisco. Hale, a veteran rock photographer for past three decades, says "I was in Oakland [in 1981] at a Judas Priest concert when my life changed..."--his first encounter with Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. The two hit it off, and thus begins the photo history of Metallica's early days and the changes to the original lineup.

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. From their humble beginnings to their multi-million-dollar enterprise, Metallica is truly a force to be reckoned with.

Reviewed by
Joe Kopaczynski

Monday, June 15, 2009

Badslayer interviews Bill Hale on Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984 6/20 @ 1:00 PM EST

Badslayer of Hard Rock Radio Live will interview Bill Hale on Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984 on 6/20/09 @ 1:00 PM EST. Log in and listen if you can!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

KTOR interview w/ Bill Hale on Metallica The Club Dayz

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Thursday, June 11th @ 10:00 A.M. PST Greg Michaels will interview Bill Hale about Metallica the Club Dayz 1982-1984 on KTOR. Greg has copies of the book to give away to listeners all month, so if you're in the areas stay tuned!!

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

96 Rock Cincinnati's Pure Rock Interviews w/ Bill Hale on Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984

Thanks 2 Karen, Gamble-N-Fin!!

96 Rock Cincinnati's Pure Rock interviews w/ Bill Hale on Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984

Thanks to Karen, Gamble-n-Fin at 96 Rock Cincinnati's Pure Rock for the 2 interviews with Bill Hale on Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984! You can check out these interviews online @ 96 Rock Cincinnati's Pure Rock in the Gamble-n-Fin section at the bottom in the section for recent podcasts or by clicking here on the podcast archives to download the interviews.

The most recent interview:

May 7, 2009
Rock photographer Bill Hale on his new book "Metallica- the Club Dayz"

The original interview:

Wednesday Dec 3 2008
Rock photographer Bill Hale

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Gypsy Poet Presents Bill Hale: Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984

Listen here as Bill Hale talks about Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984 with Sophia The Gypsy Poet!

Check out this great poetry book!!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Badslayer of Hard Rock Radio Live interviews Bill Hale on Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984

Badslayer of Hard Rock Radio Live will interview Bill Hale on Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984 on 6/20/09 @ 1:00 PM EST. Log in and listen if you can!


Listen on 6/7/09 at 11:00 AM as photographer Bill Hale talks about his latest publication, Metallica The Club Dayz 1982-1984 Life, love, peace and more!!

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