Joining Metallica in 1982, a year before the release of 'Kill 'Em All,' former bassist Cliff Burton's impact on the metal band couldn't be more significant. From his signature finger-picking style to the energy and passion he brought to the band, Burton will forever remain a major part of Metallica's history and will always be in the hearts of fans across the world.
Metallica Biography - Page 2
The first lead guitarist for Metallica, Dave Mustaine joined the band in 1981. Leaving his first band Panic to answer an ad placed in a local newspaper by Lars Ulrich, Mustaine never really auditioned for Metallica. "I was convinced that I should be in the band and went to rehearsal. I was tuning up when all the other guys in the band went into another room," he remembers. "They weren't talking to me, so I went in and said, 'What the f---? Am I in the band or not?' and they said, 'You've got the gig.'"
In 1981, Ron McGovney got together with his friend and roommate James Hetfield to form the band Leather Charm. Lasting only a few months due to other band members leaving, Hetfield decided to answer a newspaper ad placed by Lars Ulrich. Once he and Ulrich decided to start the band that would soon be known as Metallica, it didn't take long for McGovney to jump onboard as the original bassist for the legendary metal band.