Metallica’s Lesser-Known Offer To Geddy Lee Over ‘Master Of Puppets’

Formed in 1968, Rush is one of the most prominent rock bands in the industry., and they released ten studio albums until 2012. The band paused after their ‘Clockwork Angels’ album and didn’t get back in the studio after that. Rush members Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart were reluctant to produce new songs and hit the road to promote them.

Following Neil Peart’s death in 2020, Lee stated that Rush could never exist after that point because music was over for them. He noted how proud he is of what they achieved in 41 years but admitted they wouldn’t do much from then on. The death of their bandmate devastated them. Even though the band faced a relatively tragic ending as they faded away from the music scene as a band, they rocked the world until their disbandment.

In an interview with Geddy Lee in 2015, the interviewer asked the singer if the rock band has a metal appeal, and if so, what kind of metal music that would be. At that time, the band hadn’t officially disbanded as Peart was still alive. The singer stated that even though Rush has some metal aspects, he doesn’t listen to metal music, except older bands.

What Did Lee Say About Metallica?

Lee then revealed that he doesn’t listen to metal that much and stated that although he admires Metallica, he wouldn’t listen to them in his house. According to him, traditional metal acts, like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, were okay, but he wouldn’t blast speed or death metal in his house.

Here is what Lee first stated about Metallica in 2015:

“Well, I don’t listen to a lot of metal. Even though there’s an aspect of our sound that can be quite metal, I sort of attribute it more to early metal, in the way that Zeppelin was metal and in the way that Black Sabbath was metal, and Blue Cheer was metal.

And that’s the sort of tradition of metal that we took on. I like Metallica. I’ve got great respect for them. But, you won’t hear too much speed metal or death metal in my house.”

Did Lee Ask Metallica To Produce ‘Master Of Puppets’?

‘Master of Puppets’ is Metallica’s third studio album, and it was released in 1986. The record marked an important time for the band because it was the last album with their original bassist Cliff Burton, who died tragically in the same year. According to Geddy Lee, the band proposed that he work with them on ‘Master of Puppets.’

Here is what he stated about helping Metallica:

“It’s sort of true. There was some discussion with Lars, back in the day, about working with them. This was before ‘Master of Puppets’ came out, I think? There was talk, you know. I was friends with their management, and I met Lars back in England. I remember going to see them here in Toronto when they played at the Masonic Temple.

That’s when the original bass player was still happening. You know, before that tragedy. And, you know, we talked about it, and I liked their band a lot at that time. But it just never came together.

Unfortunately, Lee didn’t end up working with them, but the record became one of the most influential thrash metal albums of all time. It got six times platinum certification and was considered ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant’ by the National Recording Registry.