Metallica's home is on Carlson Boulevard in El Cerrito, California. In the garage of this rented home the up and coming band wrote and rehearsed their two breakthrough albums. They had formed in Los Angeles in 1981 and by 1982 were looking for a new bass player. Band members James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich attended a show at The Whiskey A Go Go in West Hollywood where they saw bassist Cliff Burton on stage. He agreed to join the band on condition they move from LA to his home territory of El Cerrito, where they wound up here, at this rented home. Shortly after, they went to Rochester, New York to record what would become Kill 'Em All, their first album. But it was here, in this garage, they worked on their next two albums, Ride The Lightning (1984) and Master of Puppets (1986). The two albums propelled Metallica to the top of the thrash metal scene. Unfortunately Burton was killed in a bus accident in Scandinavia in September of 1986, just as the band was exploding.