During a recent interview with RadioactiveMike Z, L.A. Guns founder Tracii Guns looked back on when he encountered Metallica frontman James Hetfield. Apparently, the vocalist was incredibly drunk and still denies that it happened.
According to the musician, he first met the band members, except for Jason Newsted, when L.A. Guns released their eponymous debut studio album on January 4, 1988. Since then, he has been fond of all Metallica members as they are all friendly people.
Regarding the Metallica members, Guns said:
“When we released our first album at the police academy here in L.A., everybody showed up but Jason, I think. They were all there. And they’ve always been really cool guys. And every time I see any of those guys, it’s always, like, ‘Hey, man. What’s going on?’ Super-friendly, down-to-earth guys. I really like the Metallica guys.”
In addition to this, Tracii Guns also recalled a memory he had with James Hetfield. Apparently, the two bumped into each other at the Scrap Bar where Hetfield was drinking alone when he had spare time from doing press.
To express his admiration, Guns told Hetfield that he has their new record, ‘The Black Album,’ and said he really liked it as he listened to it all the time. On the other hand, the Metallica frontman claimed that Tracii is just pretending to be a Metallica fan but is actually too ‘fancy’ to be one.
Tracii Guns’ story with Hetfield follows:
“Let me tell you a fast story. I’m in New York City getting ready to do press for ‘Cocked & Loaded,’ and I had an advance copy of ‘Black Album.’ And I walk into the Scrap Bar. The only other person in there that night was James Hetfield alone in the Scrap Bar.
And I walk up to him. And he was loaded, and I wasn’t. He’s all, ‘Tracii Guns.’ I asked him, ‘Doing press?’ ‘Yeah, why do you care?’ ‘That’s why I’m here. That’s the only reason why we’re here at this bar alone, ’cause there’s nothing going on.’ He’s, like, ‘Yeah, I guess so.’
I go, ‘I have your new record, and I listened to it a lot. I really like it.’ He goes, ‘You always pretend like you like Metallica. You don’t like Metallica.’ He goes, ‘Yeah, I don’t know, man. I don’t know if you do. You’re, like, fancy.’ I’ll never forget him calling me ‘fancy.’ I’m fancy?”
“‘You play with guys like Michael Schenker.’ I’m like, ‘James, it’s me, man.’ And he was so, so drunk. Anyways, I established to him, and that was the only thing I did that night, was convince him that I liked his band. And I still don’t think he believed me.
But the next time I saw him, I go, ‘You remember we were at the Scrap Bar together?’ He goes, ‘Nope.’ I go, ‘You don’t?’ He goes, ‘Nope.’ I go, ‘We were doing press.’ He goes, ‘Nope.’ He just completely denies the existence of that evening.”
Tracii Guns reminded James Hetfield of their conversation when they crossed paths again. The rocker didn’t remember what happened because he was under the influence. Furthermore, he denied the existence of that night altogether, probably because he didn’t mean to offend Guns.