Metallica Members Reveal the First Albums They Ever Bought

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Metallica is currently taking part in a residency with Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where they will be performing songs up to the release of their new album 72 Seasons.

Along with performing, the band recently took part in a conversation with Kimmel and was asked a variety of questions. At one point during the conversation, the host brings up how the band has bought their own vinyl pressing plant; after chatting about this briefly, Kimmel decides to ask each Metallica member what the first vinyl record was that they bought.

The first Metallica member to speak up is drummer Lars Ulrich, who says (the following quotes were transcribed by Loudwire): “The first one I bought, in 1973 my dad took me to see Deep Purple in Copenhagen, Denmark. The next day I went to the record store and bought their Fireball album.”

Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo then chimes in and says: “My first album was Santana Abraxas.”

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett is next, although, he is shy at first to talk about his pick, saying, “I don’t really want to say.” He then finally reveals the record, sharing, “Ok, it was the Partridge Family Christmas Album.”

Hammett then adds, “It came with a green cover and a red envelope that you took and you opened it up and there was a Christmas card signed by the Partridge Family.”

Last up is Metallica singer James Hetfield who shares: “I think it was Lynyrd Skynyrd.”

What do you think of each Metallica member’s first record? Of these picks, which one interests you the most? The new Metallica album 72 Seasons comes out this Friday.

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  • August 4th and 6th – East Rutherford, NJ – Metlife Stadium
    August 11th and 13th – Montreal, Canada – Stade Olympique
    August 18th and 20th – Arlington, TX – AT&T Stadium
    August 25th and 27th – Los Angeles, CA – SOFI Stadium
    September 1st and 3rd – Phoenix, AZ – State Farm Stadium
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