Lars Ulrich Debunks Hulk Hogan's Metallica Audition Story
Published Apr 11, 2012It hurts our hearts to report this, Hulkamaniacs, but Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has stepped in to say his piece on Hulk Hogan's claims that he almost joined the band back in their early days, and it sounds like this never actually happened. Or, at the very least, Ulrich certainly doesn't remember the encounter.
Speaking on Howard Stern's radio show yesterday (April 10), the metal percussionist explained that he's confused by the wrestler's alleged involvement with the act. It seems he hasn't even met the dude.
"You know what? I'm blessed or cursed, depending on how you look at it, with having more or less a photographic memory for pretty much anything that I've been a part of," Ulrich told Stern. "That one, when that showed up two or three months ago, I was scratching my head over that one. Unless he went by… I don't know Hulk Hogan, I don't know enough about him… I'm not a huge wrestling [fan]… Unless he went by, like, his Christian name or something, and I don't know if anybody knows what his Christian name was -- Dave Smith or something -- if there was a whole thing that we had with him under a different name, but I certainly have no recollection of doing anything with quote Hulk Hogan end quote. That one, I was scratching my head on that one, too."
Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, had previously said, "I used to be a session musician before I was a wrestler. I played bass guitar. I was big pals with Lars Ulrich and he asked me if I wanted to play bass with Metallica in their early days but it didn't work out."
A few years prior, the tank top-tearing sports entertainment star had noted that he had attempted to join both Metallica and the Rolling Stones, but neither he nor his 24-inch pythons heard back from either group.
We're not going to say we're not surprised by this one, but can you imagine just what could have happened if the 'Tallica and Hogan teamed up to run wild on you?
Thanks to Blabbermouth for the tip.