Lars Ulrich denies Hulk Hogan almost joined Metallica

Drummer says he 'doesn't know' the wrestling icon

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has denied wrestling star Hulk Hogan’s claim that he almost joined an early version of Metallica.

The grappler, who stars in his own reality TV series ‘Hogan Knows Best’, was quoted by a UK tabloid earlier this year saying that he’d been asked by Ulrich to join the band. Hogan said at the time: “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.”

Asked about this, Ulrich said he didn’t know Hogan, he wasn’t a wrestling fan and unless he knew him by another name, he’s pretty sure he didn’t make the offer.

He told Blabbermouth: “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. That one, when that showed up two or three months ago, I was scratching my head over that one.”

He continued: “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 endquote. That one, I was scratching my head on that one, too.”

Metallica will play a headline slot at this summer’s Download Festival as well as a series of other large European shows, performing their 1991 self-titled record, commonly known as ‘The Black Album’, in its entirety. In October last year they teamed up with Lou Reed to release the album ‘Lulu’, which is based around German dramatist Frank Wedekind’s 1913 play about the life of an abused dancer.

Earlier this year, meanwhile, the band said that their next LP would be like a “heavier version” of ‘The Black Album’.

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