First off, sorry about the quality of this recording. The old Panasonic non-professional recorder could not handle extreme volume so this recording is poor. The reason I am posting it is because of the story behind it.
I went to this show with my cousin Anthony Schwartz. We were hanging out by the backstage area and I happened to run into my classmate Matt Polish- we had partied with Slayer together back in April, but were not close friends then(lifelong friends now). He was backstage with Megadeth- how does he always pull that off? He invited me (us? It has been about 30 years) backstage and we proceed to party with Megadeth after the show. This is my first direct encounter with a member of Metallica so I am pretty damned excited. The band asks me if there are any after parties happening. I knew of no parties happening, but the possibility of partying with Megadeth was too irresistible. My uncle Mike was away for the weekend (where my cousin Kim Cook lived) and the place was typically a party house, even when he was there. So I said “yeah, I know of a party, but it is in Citrus Heights”. The band WENT FOR IT and got the address from me.
The next *small* detail was telling this to my cousin Kim, who would be on the hook for this party. I let her know that I invited 2 FUCKING bands to her dad’s house to party and she just about killed me. At that point, it was too late to go back- they already had the address and they were coming. So, we hustle back to the house and wait… and about 30min later here comes Dave Mustaine, Gar Samuelson, Dave Ellefson, and Dan Beheler from Exciter. We proceed to party ALL NIGHT LONG. It was so much fun.
The rest of the details are a bit fuzzy, but here’s what I remember: Everyone from the bands were unbelievably cool. Gar was very mellow, kicked back on Kim’s bed just talking to all of us. I try to tell Mustaine that a rare Metallica album exists with him on it (hey, I was 17 and a dumb shit). He was totally gracious about it, and I whipped out a copy of Metal Mania (Ron Quintana) to show Mustaine a pic that showed what seemed to be an album. He blew it off- saying “that’s not an album”. Dan Beheler asks us what our favorite Exciter album is. EVERYONE in the place says their debut LP “heavy metal maniac”. He was in total disbelief. “that album sucks- why do you like it”. Ha ha!
I crashed out before sunrise, but Tony let me know that the last thing he saw from the night was Mustaine taking my Aunt and Uncle’s bottle of Dom Perignon and thanking us for the party, and leaving.
Kim Cook Anthony Schwartz please comment on what you remember from that night. Who else was there besides us, Christian Cook (who was freaking out that we were going to get busted), and Shannel?
Epilogue: Forward to 1992(7 years later) and I am at an MTV Rock n Jock baseball Game with my future stepson (that’s another story). Dave Mustaine is there and I toss my baseball over to him to sign and he looks at me.. and looooks. I did not say a word, I just let him wonder how the fuck he knew me. Ha ha!