Interviews — 15 May 2012
Metallica were legendary partyers back in the day. Is there any one moment that still stands out? The recording of The Black Album was probably the most insane on the debauchery front. We were in L.A. for about nine months, at the same time that Guns n’ Roses were recording their Use Your Illusion albums. Los Angeles in the early ’90s was ground zero for any kind of outrageous hard-rock behavior. It all started and ended in the corner booth of the Rainbow Room on the Sunset Strip! It was a pretty crazy convergence: music, alcohol, drugs, debauchery, porn. At that time the porn world and the music world were kind of like bedmates—if you were mixing with anyone other than your own group, it was the porn world. We had a lot of fun, and I have good memories from that time. I’m glad I lived it…and I’m glad I don’t have to live it again. Hulk Hogan recently said you once asked him to be Metallica’s bassist. What the…? I think I’ll say: See the previous answer. There are some things that get a bit hazy back there. I have—this is scary—the best memory of any of us, and I still have to file that one under “hazy.” That could’ve been one hell of a beefy bass line… Listen, you know me—I’m up for anything! Don’t take my inability to remember as a negative thing. That sounds sensational. You’re starring in Hemingway & Gellhorn, an HBO movie about Ernest and his third wife. Are you looking to move more into acting? I don’t know if I’m moving into acting as much as acting’s moving into me. I don’t chase this type of stuff—I don’t have people out scouring the Earth for parts for a drummer in a heavy metal band to star in! You’re also shooting a 3D film. Is it a concert movie? It’s set against a concert, but with a narrative going on because, you know, a 3D Metallica movie—that’s a lot for anybody to sit through. I wouldn’t wish that upon your worst enemy. What was it like filming in San Quentin prison for the “St. Anger” video? Very intimidating—trust me. It’s surreal being inside San Quentin and looking out at the surrounding area where every morning I drive my kids to school. I now know which chimney is the exhaust pipe from the gas chamber. It’s truly, truly bizarre. Read the rest of the interview here.