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Big Mick

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"Big" Mick Hughes (born 1960) is the British live audio engineer for Metallica, a position he has held since 1984. He had to miss the 2021 shows due to post-Covid travel restrictions and was replaced as FOH engineer by Greg Price who continues to mix Metallica on their 2023/2024 M72 World Tour. He was born in 1960 and grew up in Birmingham, England. While an apprentice at British Steel Corporation, he studied electronics at a local technical college and also gained experience on the thriving Midlands music scene including working as a roadie for Judas Priest. In the early 1980s, working for the PA company Texserv he engineered for bands including UB40, Dennis Brown, Yellowman, and Jungle Man before becoming the touring sound engineer for The Armoury Show, who featured ex The Skids singer Richard Jobson and ex Siouxsie and the Banshees guitarist John McGeoch. The Armoury Show's management company QPrime then asked Mick to engineer a band they had just signed called Metallica (promptin
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