Metalica live from Cunning Stunts(Ft.Worth Texas 9/10,Mai-'97)
Master of Puppets ('84–'86)
Elektra Records A&R director Michael Alago, and co-founder of Q-Prime Management Cliff Burnstein, attended a September '84 Metallica concert. Impressed with what they saw, they signed Metallica to Elektra Records and made the band a client of Q-Prime Management.Metallica's burgeoning success was such that the band's British label Music for Nations released a limited edition "Creeping Death" single, which sold 40,000 copies as an import in the United States. Two of the three songs on the record (cover versions of Diamond Head's "Am I Evil?", and Blitzkrieg's "Blitzkrieg") appeared on the '89 Elektra reissue of Kill 'Em All.Metallica embarked on its first major European tour with Tank to an average crowd of 1,300. Returning to the U.S. marked a tour co-headlining with W.A.S.P. and Armored Saint supporting. Metallica played its largest show at the Monsters of Rock festival on August 17,'85, with Bon Jovi and Ratt at Donington Park in England, playing in front of 70,000 people. A show in Oakland, California, at the Day on the Green festival saw the band play in front of a crowd of 60,000.
Metallica's third studio album, Master of Puppets, was recorded at Sweet Silence Studios and was released in March '86. The album reached number 29 on the Billboard 200, and spent 72 weeks on the chart.The album was the band's first to be certified gold on Nov. 4,'86, and was certified six times platinum in 2003.Steve Huey of Allmusic considered the album "the band's greatest achievement".Following the release of the album, Metallica supported Ozzy Osbourne for a United States tour.Hetfield broke his wrist skateboarding down a hill and continued the tour performing vocals, with guitar technician John Marshall playing rhythm guitar.