Episode #3 of So What!—the podcast of Metallica’s official fan club—welcomes Brian Lew, coauthor of Murder in the Front Row: Shots from the Bay Area Thrash Metal Epicenter. Listen to it at this location. Yes, email registration is required, but before you get huffy about Napster, yadda yadda, it’s FREE, and also allows access to all kinds of free vintage audio and video.
Brian joins host Steffan Chirazi over some fine English tea to discuss how his participation in recent reissues of the classic Metallica LPs Kill ’Em All and Ride the Lightning happily made him “relate to this band in that nerd way again.” The old metal pals also discuss Brian’s book, the rise of thrash in the early ’80s via UK metal magazines, tape trading among headbanging penpals worldwide, and his continuing lifetime of Metallica experiences as a “fan since literally the beginning.”
See Brian’s photos of Metallica’s first Bay Area shows, first jam session with Cliff Burton, first shows with Cliff, and much, much more at: