Metallica at Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 7th of December 1984.
As a result of intensive touring throughout Europe, Metallica's star was on the rise. And their popularity got boosted even more with the release of “Ride the lightning”. Their upcoming gig at Paradiso was sold-out in no time and because of that entering Paradiso was a problem for me. The club was over-populated and due to safety reasons access for the press was very limited. But my reporter colleague Donald Wever did a bold move and went to Metallica’s tour bus to speak with someone of the band. Bass-player Cliff Burton recognised Donald from the interview at Zwaagwesteinde (see previous post) and the connection was made. So Donald explained him the whole situation and Cliff arranged immediately with their tour manager my entrance….how everything after that turned out … we don’t know … but the main programmer of Paradiso, Jan-Willem got also involved and finally my access got granted. Jan-Willem destroyed symbolically my fake entrance ticket at the press-entrance and I got into the venue. The audience, more than 1200 visitors, was very varied from Metal-heads to Punks with Mohawks. After a while, the now famous intro tape shuffled through the PA. The audience clapped along with it and this gesture immediately testified the fantastic atmosphere in Paradiso. After another acoustic intro "Fight fire with fire" kicked-off. And the crowd turned full speed into headbanging frenzy. This interaction immediately reflected on the bands enthusiasm on stage. With this excellent show, Metallica expanded their built-up reputation and returned after this gig back to the US for an extended tour.
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