Lars Ulrich called in to promote Metallica's upcoming Orion Music + More festival in Atlantic City. Howard took the opportunity to commend (unlike many critics) the band's recent album, "Lulu," a collaborative effort with Lou Reed--particularly "Junior Dad", the album's 20-minute final track: "I started crying. It got me. I loved it--no bullshit!" Lars laughed that Howard wasn't the only one: "You should have seen grown men cry out in the studio when we were recording it. I'm telling you, I've been with James Hetfield and Kurt Hammett for close to 20 years and I've never seen them cry before. It was amazing. It was truly moving."
Hulk Hogan Almost Joined Metallica?
Howard mentioned that a mutual friend, Hulk Hogan, claims he once auditioned to play bass for Metallica, so Lars laughed: "I have certainly no recollection of doing anything with quote Hulk Hogan unquote. I was scratching my head on that one too." Lars later admitted Hulk might've been invited: "There may have been you know, one night in New York or something at 5 in the morning with our noses bleeding."
Dreams Do Come True
Before hanging up, Lars announced that they had added "that drummer guy's" band to the lineup of their Orion Music + More festival. Howard laughed that he must been talking about Richard, who quickly ran into the studio claiming that this was the first he had heard of the gig. Lars sympathized: "The drummer's always the last guy to hear."