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

Copyright 2003-2009

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
Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning Company. All rights Reserved

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