Metallica celebrated its 35th anniversary Anniversary of their groundbreaking Master of Puppets album with the opening track “Battery” on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last night

Introducing the performance, Colbert noted that the LP “had such an impact that it was placed on the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress”

Master of Puppets was born on 3 Released March 1986 and became one of the most influential metal records of all time However, its success was marred by the death of bassist Cliff Burton, who was killed in a bus accident while the band went on tour in support of the publication

On the 30th anniversary in 2016, front man James Hetfield said, “I think Master of Puppets is obviously the culmination of the Cliff Burton era with Metallica for a lot of people – and that goes for me too – but it was still rebellious Back then there were only four of us in a van to conquer the world ”

Drummer Lars Ulrich said the album was “kind of the culmination of the journey that began four or five years ago when James and I met and wrote some songs that Kirk [Hammett] and Cliff did in separate times”

Current bassist Robert Trujillo, who joined in 2003, commented, “Master of Puppets defines for me a really amazing time for Metallica, a climax in a strong phase of their writing I think it’s when the band really gets that niche It’s not just music, there’s a lot more to it than that. It’s art. Even the album cover is art. It’s just that wonderful ball of energy ”


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