The Time Metallica Members Changed Roles: James On Drums, Lars On Vocals, Kirk On Bass

Metallica members began their ‘Wherever We May Roam’ concert tour back in 1991 in support of the iconic ‘Black Album,’ during which they performed ‘Am I Evil’ by taking each others’ places in the band, according to rare footage.

As you may recall, the thrash metal legend Metallica released their fifth studio album named ‘Metallica‘ on August 12, 1991. The album, also known as The Black Album, included the most popular songs of the band, such as ‘Enter Sandman,’ ‘The Unforgiven,’ ‘Nothing Else Matters,’ ‘Wherever I May Roam,’ and ‘Sad but True.’

‘The Black Album’ became Metallica’s best-selling album and the band’s first album to top the album charts. ‘Metallica’ also marked a change in the sound of the band from a thrash metal style to a slower and heavier one rooted in heavy metal.

Following the release of the ‘Metallica’ album, the band began their ‘Wherever We May Roam’ concert tour in 1991. As a part of the North American leg, Metallica had an unforgettable performance at The Forum in Inglewood on February 12-13, 1992. According to rare footage, the band members took each others’ places during their performance of ‘Am I Evil.’ As you can see in the video below, the iconic frontman of the band, James Hetfield plays the drum by taking Lars Ulrich’s place.

Ulrich, on the other hand, takes James’ place and sings the vocals on ‘Am I Evil.’ While the lead guitarist of the band, Kirk Hammett shows his impressive skills by playing the bass, the former bassist of Metallica, Jason Newsted takes Hammett’s place as the lead guitarist. Even though they only played a small part of the song, the band members seemed to enjoy changing roles for once which also proved how talented each of them is as musicians.

You can watch Metallica members’ unforgettable performance of taking each others’ places on Youtube below.