May 25, 2018 / 10:13 PM

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Metallica Asks Fans for Bootlegs, Memorabilia for Upcoming Reissues



Just as The Who have done for their upcoming 50th anniversary releases, Metallica is calling upon its diehard fans to help them out with some upcoming reissues. In a statement posted to their website, the thrash metal legends have asked fans to submit any videos, photos, bootleg recordings, or any sort of memorabilia that they may have from the band's early years to include in the upcoming reissues of their first two studio albums: Kill 'Em All and Ride The Lightning.

"We want it all," reads the statement. "Did you manage to sneak a video camera into a show long before they fit in your pocket? Maybe your old instamatic camera for some snapshots? A cassette Walkman with a microphone? We're looking for anything and everything ... audio, video, photos, fliers, ticket stubs, the set list you picked up off the floor and in general any mementos you may have from that around that time."

If you do happen to have any rare videos, photos, bootlegs, or anything of the sort ('Nothing is too small or too trivial," the band assures us), you can submit them to

Kill 'Em All and Ride The Lightning were Metallica's first two studio albums, and feature the band's original bassist Cliff Burton. They are also the only two Metallica albums to feature writing credits from the band's original lead guitarist Dave Mustaine, who was kicked out in 1983 prior to the recording of Kill 'Em All and was replaced by Kirk Hammett. Mustaine would go on to form Megadeth.

There's no word yet as to when these reissues are set for release, though both albums have already missed their 30th anniversary marks.

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