Raven frontman John Gallagher spoke in an interview with Ultimate-Guitar and shared his thoughts about Metallica members.
“What were James, Kirk, and Lars back then compared to now? You played with them in 2014 in Sao Paulo. How can you compare those three guys back in ’83 and now?”
“The surprising thing was that they haven’t changed that much, considering the life experience they’ve been through and how much older they are.
Obviously, James is a man now, and before he was a little kid basically with a can of beer in his hand laughing all the time. That’s all he ever did, he would just giggle and drink beer.
Lars hasn’t changed one bit. He’s still the shyster, he’s still the man with the eye on the prize. He’s always working an angle. He hasn’t changed at all. And Kirk’s the same happy-go-lucky guy he was when he was a young kid.
And, of course, back then, the older influence – even though he wasn’t that mature – was Cliff [Burton]. It was like an old soul on young shoulders. So it was great. Me and Cliff would sit and discuss music and play riffs at each other with basses and, ‘What about this, what about this…’ He was very cool.”
On craziest story about Metallica, he said:
“We did play some very crazy places. We played down in the south, places where we’ve never actually played ever again. Like in Arkansas.
We woke up, apparently on a field, and we looked over the edge of the field and it was a natural bowl with the stage at the bottom with totem poles on it, and insects the size of the small helicopters floating around. And we played there to a crowd of about 3,000 people. It was just like playing on another planet. It was very weird.
And then we played a 10,000-seat arena in Little Rock, Arkansas, where the guy said, ‘Hey, I just heard you guys sold out Madison Square Garden.’ And we’re looking at him like, ‘Oh, boy, are you in for a surprise.’ Because, of course, we hadn’t.
We were there with equipment to play 300-seat clubs in a 10,000 seat arena with 200 people in attendance. It was embarrassing, to say the least. That was strange. The best one was in Oklahoma. Have you seen the  movie ‘The Blues Brothers’?”
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