Short-term Metallica bassist, Ron McGovney, recently posted a tweet on his Twitter account and responded to the questions of who sang the vocals during their live performances when he was still in Metallica.
McGovney was Metallica’s short-term bassist and he was a part of the band from October 1981 until December 1982. He was Hetfield’s childhood friend and they had even started their music career together by forming Leather Charm, but that was not enough to keep McGovney going.
The band was formed in 1981 by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich and McGovney alongside Dave Mustaine were later on added to Metallica. McGovney was a pretty great bandmate who definitely helped the band succeed as they would rehearse in his parents’ house and record their tracks in his garage. However, the fact that the band depended so much on McGovney led to tensions and he finally decided to leave the band.
After some years, McGovney opened up about the reasons why he wanted to leave in the first place and said that he was not respected as a bandmate. He stated that the band members used him for his connections as an amateur photographer and that he was not the bassist but rather the guy who arranged the band’s accommodation and financial needs.
However, Ron McGovney then patched things up with Metallica and even went to some of their concerts. Lately, he has been actively responding to questions considering his time in Metallica and with his recent tweet, he revealed who the lead vocalist during their concerts was. Although Dave Mustaine was hired as a vocalist and guitarist, it was James Hetfield who sang the vocals during their live performances.
Here’s what Ron McGovney said in his recent tweet:
“I’ve been getting a lot of questions about who sang vocals when we played live when I was in Metallica. James Hetfield. That’s it. Dave Mustaine did talk in between songs because his guitar wouldn’t stay in tune. Dave sang backup vocals on ‘Killing Time.’ That’s it.
You can check out the tweet that Ron McGovney posted on his Twitter account below.
I've been getting a lot of questions about who sang vocals when we played live when I was in @Metallica . James Hetfield. That's it. Dave Mustaine did talk in between songs because his guitar wouldn't stay in tune. Dave sang backup vocals on Killing Time. That's it.
— Ron McGovney (@RonMcGovney) January 20, 2021