Ron McGovney Clarifies How Old Metallica Members Were When They Played Their First Show Ever
Metallica original bassist Ron McGovney shared a post on his official Twitter page revealing the ages of every Metallica member when the band performed for the first time after seeing frontman James Hetfield’s statement in a recent interview.
During a recent interview with Kerrang! James Hetfield was asked about sobriety and drinking problems, therefore revealed that he was very young when he started working with Metallica and it was an unusual environment for somebody with his personality. While revealing how he started drinking, Hetfield also stated that he was 19 years old when he first performed with Metallica in his statement.
Here is what Hetfield said:
“I’ve been in Metallica since I was 19 years old, which can be a very unusual environment for someone with my personality to be in. It’s a very intense environment, and it’s easy to find yourself not knowing how to live your life outside of that environment, which is what happened to me. I didn’t know anything about life. I didn’t know that I could live my life in a different way to how it was in the band since I was 19, which was very excessive and intense. And if you have addictive behaviors then you don’t always make the best choices for yourself. And I definitely didn’t make the best choices for myself. Rehab definitely taught me how to live.”
After seeing Hetfield’s statement about his age, Ron McGovney shared a post on his official Twitter page revealing the exact date of Metallica’s first-ever show which was in March 1982. On that date, frontman James Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich, and McGovney himself all were 18 years old while lead guitarist Dave Mustaine was two years older.
Here is what McGovney said:
Actually, when we played our first show ever in March of 1982, James , Lars, and I were 18 years old. Dave was 20 years old. pic.twitter.com/02phwDt4g4
— Ron McGovney (@RonMcGovney) February 14, 2021