Exclusive: Original Metallica manager says they considered Lars Ulrich taking over as James Hetfield battled confidence crisis
Original Metallica manager Jon ‘Jonny Z’ Zazula says the band briefly considered making Lars Ulrich the frontman.Download Our App
Zazula managed Metallica for a spell from 1982 and recalls Hetfield’s early nerves over handling lead vocal duties. One proposed suggestion was moving Lars Ulrich from the drum stool to the mic.
Zazula tells Metal Hammer: “Lars and I planned a lot of stuff. However James wasn’t the most confident of singers. I do not think he felt comfortable.
“At one point there was even talk of Lars becoming the frontman. For about 5 seconds.”
Hetfield soon came into his own as the band created their 1983 debut Kill ‘Em All.
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