METALLICA...the biggest name in metal history. No matter who you are or how old you are, everyone knows the name "Metallica". Fans in El Paso certainly know who Metallica is & we love them. We've seen them a handful of times in the 80s, 90s & as recently as 2019. But what you probably DIDN'T know is that Metallica recorded an album during the 80s. And that album had a name: Puppets in El Paso.

When did Metallica record Puppets in El Paso?

The date was May 12th, 1986 at the El Paso County Coliseum. While opening up for Ozzy Osbourne on his The Ultimate Sin tour, Metallica was on their Damage, Inc. tour while promoting their Master of Puppets album.

You had the classic line-up: James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich & the late Cliff Burton. All 4 performed for rowdy El Paso fans a total of 9 songs, ranging from all 3 albums they had recorded including:

Global Citizen Festival 2022: New York
Getty Images for Global Citizen

The album, Puppets in El Paso, contains 6 of the 9 songs from that very performance, along with 3 never before heard demo tracks of Welcome Home (Sanitarium), Disposable Heroes & of course...Master of Puppets.

For a long while this album was a rarity but thanks to YouTube, you can find the whole album online & most of the setlist from their 1986 El Paso concert online. Which means you can hear James & Cliff scream out to their El Paso fans.

This wouldn't be their only live album recorded in El Paso; their 2019 Don Haskins show would ALSO be recorded & they would have an additional live album recorded in Dallas during the 90s.

Thank you Metallica for making El Paso a unique part of metal & YOUR history!

KLAQ El Paso logo
Get our free mobile app

The Best Album by 30 Legendary Metal Bands

The best of the best!

25 Worst Albums By Legendary Bands

Even the greatest rock and metal bands stumble.

More From KLAQ El Paso