This coming weekend (June 23-24), METALLICA‘s heralded Orion Music + More festival will present ARCTIC MONKEYS, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, MODEST MOUSE, ROKY ERICKSON, and dozens of emerging metal and rock bands, plus a full metal expo, including an hourlong question-and-answer session with “Murder In The Front Row: Shots From The Bay Area Thrash Metal Epicenter” co-author and photographer Brian Lew.
As displayed in heavy archival detail in “Murder In The Front Row”, Brian Lew was present and photographed several pivotal moments during METALLICA‘s formative years, including: the young band’s first San Francisco and Bay Area live appearances and afterparties; their first jam session with former bassist Cliff Burton; and the first soundcheck and live show with a legendary but short-lived lineup including Cliff Burton, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield and Dave Mustaine.
Says Brian Lew: “Being invited by METALLICA to chat about ‘Murder In The Front Row’ at their Orion fest means a lot to me personally. The original Bay Area metal days were a profoundly important time for my coauthor Harald Oimoen and I, and it’s cool that those memories obviously still mean a lot to METALLICA. The fact that my QA session is scheduled for the same day that METALLICA will be playing the ‘Ride The Lightning’ album in its entirety for the first time is mind-blowing!”
Brian Lew‘s session will take place June 23 at 4 p.m. at Orion fest in the Enter Met Club lounge. Also scheduled to participate in QA sessions during the festival are longtime METALLICA audio engineer “Big” Mick Hughes, Metal Blade Records CEO Brian Slagel, and band father Torben Ulrich.
“Murder In The Front Row”, by Harald Oimoen and Brian Lew, is a stunning collection over 400 color and black-and-white photos of the birth of thrash metal in San Francisco, capturing historic moments including the earliest shows by SLAYER, METALLICA, and MEGADETH, and events such as the first night SLAYER met the young members of METALLICA. The book also includes passionate personal accounts by Bay Area veterans Harald Oimoen, Brian Lew, Ron Quintana of Metal Mania, Gary Holt of EXODUS, Alex Skolnick of TESTAMENT, and Robb Flynn of VIO-LENCE/MACHINE HEAD. From DIY origins to world domination, the Bay Area thrash metal scene screams to life in these fearless pages.
“Murder In The Front Row: Bay Area Bangers And The Birth Of Thrash Metal” was released in December via Bazillion Points Books, America’s smallest but heaviest book publisher.
For more information, visit www.murderinthefrontrow.com.