Dave Lombardo Says He’s Never Had Beef With Metallica As He Recalls The Time He Had To Replace Lars Ulrich

Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo spoke in a recent interview with Speak N’ Destroy and talked about the time when he replaced Lars Ulrich during a Metallica show.

Back in 2004, Metallica was getting ready to play at Download Festival in the UK, however, Lars Ulrich got hospitalized. In the show, Metallica played with Dave Lombardo, Joey Jordison, and Flemming Larsen.

In the conversation, Dave stated that he looked at the setlist of Metallica after he got the offer and admitted that he didn’t really know the new songs of Metallica. Because of that, Dave wanted to play only two of the opening songs, Battery and The Four Horseman.

Also, Dave talked about the rehearsal they did before the show and said that everybody was so nice to him and they had a great time together. Moreover, Dave clarified that nobody complained about the situation during the rehearsal.

Here is what Dave Lombardo said:

“I remember being approached by Slayer’s manager, and he just basically said, ‘Hey Dave, we have a bit of a crisis – Lars can’t make it to the show.’ And I was like, ‘OK, what’s going on?’

And they asked if I’d be interested. I don’t know if he said if I’m interested in doing the set or a few songs or whatever, but I took one look at the setlist, and I wasn’t very familiar with their later material, so I agreed to the two opening songs.

I met up with the guys and we hung out in their little like rehearsal room, dressing room, and we jammed on two songs that I was familiar with, and then shortly after that, we went on stage.”

He added:

“We had a great time in the room, loved those guys. I’ve never had any beef with them or anything, they’ve always been great towards me, and I – likewise. So, you know, we had a great time.

And I’ve known Robert Trujilo since the Suicidal Tendencies days, and I actually performed with Trujilo on a cover of ‘Battery.’ Yeah, that’s out there.

We played that, and then of course ‘The Four Horsemen,’ we did that as well. It was a lot of fun, it was a moment in history, it was a moment in time, and I loved it – it was amazing. Especially when I went into the double bass section in ‘Battery’ at the end, and James was like, ‘Fuck!’

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