|Unavailable for over twenty-one years watch Cliff Burton's head-banging 1982 performance with heavy metal group Trauma only three months before joining Metallica. Enjoy this extremely rare performance that for the first time is available to Metallica and Cliff fans.|
Wrege, director of "Trauma Live"
"In the summer of 1982 I was working in Los Angeles and was contacted by a British fellow calling himself Tony. He asked me if I would be interested in directing a long-form music video for a heavy metal band he was managing out of San Francisco called Trauma.
We met and I was impressed with his enthusiasm for the band and heavy metal in general (which was not at all in vogue at the time). Tony was sure that heavy metal was soon going to be huge in the states and he was setting Trauma up for the big time. We settled on a price and I went a rehearsal to check them out.
What I encountered was loud, and I was immediately struck with how good the bass player (Cliff Burton) was. Their show included such interesting attractions as a scantily-clad woman in a leather S&M outfit chained to a huge cross; another girl in virginal white who was sacrificed on an alter during the song "I Am the Warlock;" (Tony had flown in two Mustang Ranch girls from Nevada for these parts.) and the drummer's solo during which he sets his kit on fire, nearly blinding himself in the process.
On the day of the shoot as preparations were made to the studio stage, I stepped outside to have a smoke and Cliff joined me in my car. He mentioned that he didn't think he was long for the group, that they weren't motivated enough and he intended to be famous fast. That was fairly prophetic. About three months later, Trauma played the Troubador and legend has it that it was at this performance that Lars Ulrich approached Burton about playing in Metallica. Fans know the rest.
A MEMBER OF TRAUMA CLEARS UP THE TIME LINE:
I stand corrected...Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield actually met Cliff the night before the videotaping.
This video has remained underground for a number of
reasons, including the fact that the band's pyrotechnics blew two large
holes in the video studio's ceiling and the repair costs were to be
included in the price for the master tapes (which became a point of
contention). Then there was the "equipment matter." Seems that manager
Tony had borrowed a ton of gear from an LA music store (he was a great
talker) that you'll see on stage behind the group in the video. They
were to use it for the shoot, then the Troubador performance the next
night and then return it. Trouble was, Tony had the band load up the
truck with the amps and then disappeared, never to be heard from again.
At least that's the legend.
A MEMBER OF TRAUMA CLEARS UP THE LEGEND OF TONY AND THE EQUIPMENT:
"We did not have anything to do with that gear. My roadies were told to set up our equipment behind it on both the shoot and at the Troubadour 3 months later and to take down only our equipment. We had left before Tony loaded his stuff up. He actually took lighting, sound equipment, and a generator to power it. As I told you before, we were contacted by the Sheriff's department and Interpol about this. With us not under contract with him for management they did not hold us responsible. The trail we heard ended in Seattle."
The tape itself became my payment for services and has remained in my private collection since 1982 due to my concerns about bootlegging, etc.
Now Metallica fans can now see what Lars saw. This riveting 19-minute set includes a powerful Burton bass solo and his musically manic thrashing throughout.
Oh, and a human sacrifice. "
© copyright, published 1982-2003, Don Wrege
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PRICE: Five Individual Viewings of the complete 19-minute show: $5.00 (just five bucks!)
A MEMBER OF TRAUMA ACCUSES DON WREGE OF BEING AN OPPORTUNIST OUT FOR A FAST BUCK:
"I couldn't agree with the very polite Mike Overton, erstwhile Trauma guitar player, about pulling the video down. I'm actually about three hundred bucks in the hole on this project...so it's more like a slow buck, since this has been available since November of 2003 online. I'm sorry Mr. Overton and I don't see eye to eye regarding the historical nature of the video. And I promise that the first dollar of profit I make, I'll send to him. At this rate that should be in about ten years.
Read Mr. Overton's first-hand account of the history of Cliff and Trauma here: courtesy of RoadRunner Records / BLABBERMOUTH.net