Eight Gigs: Cliff ’Em All

Sat., April 25, 9 p.m., Blue Lamp, $8

Before Metallica was headlining arenas and filming documentaries about its members being in therapy, it was one brutal thrash band that terrorized clubs all over the Bay Area. The secret ingredient was bassist Cliff Burton, who played with an intense amount of energy, and unfortunately died in a bus accident in 1986. Burton's contributions can be heard on Metallica's first three albums, Kill 'Em All, Ride The Lightning and Master of Puppets. Cliff 'Em All is a group of Los Angeles-based early Metallica fanatics that pays tribute to this era of Metallica and the magic that Burton brought to the group. 1400 Alhambra Boulevard, www.facebook.com/cliffallica.