Metallica’s drummer Lars Ulrich is easily one of the bands most recognizable faces and characters. He’s got the biggest mouth, the biggest opinion, but, did you know that for a minute in time, he’s was almost the band’s singer.
This revelation came from the band’s original manager, Jon Zazula, and he explained that this wild story occurred prior to the band recording their first album Kill ’Em All.
Zazula explained that James Hetfield was riddled with nerves from handling lead vocal duties and that it was suggested that perhaps Lars should move from the drums to lead vocal duties.
Telling Metal Hammer: “Lars and I planned a lot of stuff but James wasn’t the most confident of singers. I don’t think he felt comfortable. At one point there was even talk of Lars becoming the frontman. For about five seconds.”
This wasn’t the first time Hetfield doubted his own abilities. Prior to the release Kill ’Em All, they also asked John Bush, singer of metal band Armored Saint if he wanted to take over the singing duties for the band.
Bush explained: “I think that at the time, James was still uncertain whether he wanted to be the singer of the time,” adding: “Armored Saint was starting to do really well on the L.A. club circuit, and we were all friends — best of friends. Metallica was doing well too, but I don’t think anybody envisioned what was going to happen. For me to leave my band of friends to join some other band, it didn’t make sense to me. I didn’t want to do it. Certainly, I was grateful and honored, but I always say, ‘I was not meant to be in Metallica. That was not my destiny.’”
That was then and this is now, Hetfield found his voice and went on to be one of the most recognizable singers in metal.