The Metallica Lineup Geddy Lee Really Liked

For many people, Metallica is a band that has been on the rock and metal scene for as long as they knew themselves. They are still a huge deal and perhaps the most recognized names in the music industry. Even those who prefer not to listen to the rock or metal genre are familiar with the band and their songs, as they have been one of the most popular acts since their emergence in 1981.

On their official website, the band starts to talk about their history with one specific line, ‘Ah, the joy of humble beginnings…’ which clearly shows how much work they have done for themselves and their fans throughout the years and improved their music constantly. They managed to become a massive influence in the music world, and their albums were among the favorites of other rockstars. Even though they had several lineup changes and tragedies that brought melancholy to their lives, Metallica still maintained its high position as a metal band.

The Metallica Lineup Liked By Geddy Lee

Metallica was formed when drummer Lars Ulrich started looking for musicians to form a band. James Hetfield replied to Ulrich’s advertisement, and they began to jam together. They later hired Dave Mustaine as the guitarist and then Cliff Burton before doing minor performances. However, dramatic events unfolded between Mustaine and the band, which resulted in him being kicked out.

Replacing Mustaine with Kirk Hammett in 1983, the band released two albums, ‘Kill Em All,’ ‘Ride The Lightning,’ and ‘Master of Puppets’ with this iconic lineup. Hence, Rush’s Geddy Lee quite enjoyed this lineup and wanted to collaborate with them at the time. However, it wasn’t a good time as it ‘never came together.’

Here is what Lee said about this lineup:

“There was some discussion with [drummer Lars Ulrich], 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 [Cliff Burton] 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, ‘Master of Puppets’ was the last album to feature their beloved bassist Cliff Burton. He passed away in 1986 when he was thrown out of the tour bus following the vehicle getting out of the driver’s control. The bassist was asleep in his bunk bed at the time of the accident, and despite claims that the driver might have been drunk or sleep-deprived, there were no charges against him.