Did Metallica Aim To Fire Lars Ulrich?
Anthrax have denied that their guitarist, Scott Ian, once confided to Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine that Metallica plotted to kick out drummer Lars Ulrich.
In an interview with RollingStone.com, Mustaine – who was a member of Metallica for fewer than two years in 1981-1983 – was asked if, as far as he knows, it is true that on the last Metallica tour bassist Cliff Burton was on before he died, the band were planning to fire Ulrich at the tour’s end.
“That’s what Scott [Ian] told me,” Mustaine replied. “He said that when Metallica got home, that James [Hetfield], Cliff [Burton] and Kirk [Hammett] were going to fire Lars.”
According to a short message posted on Anthrax’s official Twitter account, Mustaine’s claim is “not true.”
The post adds, “Little does anyone know but Lars actually owns the [Metallica] name. Good luck ever kicking him out.”
Hmm. We’re so sure about this.
In pre-Classic Rock days, a few of us from Kerrang! went out for a drink with Scott Ian and [Anthrax drummer] Charlie Benante, circa 1986.
We distinctly remember Ian pretty much telling us that Metallica were thinking of changing drummers, although not blatantly. So, we suspect Mustaine isn’t making this up…
Meanwhile, Mustaine undergoes surgery today to mend his injured back and neck.
In a blog posting, the singer reveals he has been suffering excruciating pain and will check into hospital for an operation to fix damaged vertebrae in time for the band’s upcoming tour, which kicks off in September.
Mustaine will then undergo more serious surgery later in the year, when the roadshow is over.