Fun fact - Dave Mustaine of Megadeath was the original lead guitarist of Metallica from 1981 to 1983, but was fired for drug and alcohol issues as well as his aggressive conflicts with other band members that lead to their original bassist, Ron McGovney quitting the band in 1982, but that's okay, because McGovney went on to do...Well, not a whole lot, actually.
In the late 80's/early 90's, Metallica was quickly becoming one of the most popular bands in the metal genre. Their first album Kill 'Em All showed that the band had potential, and with it came several hits. With Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets, the band showed that they had come into their own, showcasing a style of music dedicated to long riffs, deep lyrics, and sometimes haunting melodies.
Sadly it was after Master of Puppets that Metallica was dealt a crippling blow. During the band's European leg of the tour, bassist Cliff Burton was thrown from the bus during an accident. The bus then rolled, landing on and killing him. Lead guitarist Kirk Hammett felt the blow at the time the most as the very bunk that Burton was sleeping in was his. Though the band suspected that the bus driver was drunk, all charges were cleared.
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