On this day in music history: November 23, 1993 – “Live S***: Binge & Purge” by Metallica is released. Produced by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, it is recorded at San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, CA January 13 – 14, 1992, Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City, Mexico on February 25, 26, 27, and March 1 and 2, 1993 and Seattle Coliseum, Seattle, WA on August 29 – 30, 1989. The band’s first live album, it is released after Metallica’s co-headlining tour with Guns ‘N’ Roses in 1992. The tour is cut short when lead singer and guitarist James Hetfield has an accident onstage while the band perform the song “Fade To Black” at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Canada. Hetfield suffers second and third degree burns on his left arm when he unintentionally walks into a pyrotechnic flame on the stage. In spite of the severity of Hetfield’s injuries, he returns to the stage with Metallica only seventeen days later, singing while Metal Church guitarist (and band guitar tech) John Marshall fills in on guitar. After the tour with G’N’R, the band hit the road again in 1993 continuing to promote “The Black Album”. With no new studio album planned, the band decide to record and film numerous shows for a live box set. The package is originally released containing three CD’s (or cassette tapes) and three VHS tapes (later two DVD’s on reissue sets), a booklet containing photos and other artifacts, a T-shirt and an airbrush stencil kit. The box containing the audio and video is designed to look like an anvil road case. Featuring more than six hours of performances, the CD’s are taken from live shows recorded at the Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City, Mexico on February 25, 26, 27, and March 1 and 2, 1993, while the nearly two and half hour long videos are from concerts filmed at the San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, CA on January 13 and 14, 1992. The later reissue sets with the CD/DVD configuration are housed in standard jewel cases and the anvil box is not re-produced, and the booklet content is featured on the DVD-ROM portion of one of the discs. “Live S***: Binge & Purge” peaks at number twenty six on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 15x Platinum by the RIAA, earning a Diamond Certification.
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