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Jake E. Lee reveals his impression when he first heard Metallica

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Jake E. Lee reveals his impression when he first heard Metallica

Ex-Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee revealed his impression when he first heard Metallica in the 80’s. The musician talked about the band opening for Ozzy at the time and Lars Ulrich in an interview with Brave Words.


Jake E. Lee said about Lars Ulrich praising him for “Ultimate Sin”:

“After ‘The Ultimate Sin’ came out, Lars came up to me and he said, ‘Thank you and congratulations. ‘The Ultimate Sin’ is the heaviest song that Ozzy’s ever done, I love it.’ Shit, this coming from Metallica? So yeah, it was still heavy, it was still dark.”

The musician revealed that he already knew Metallica before they opened for Ozzy and he liked them:

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“No, I knew who Metallica was. But they were different. I really liked it. Especially with Cliff [Burton, bass] – nothing against any of the bass players, but there was magic. I’m glad I got to see them all those times with Cliff.

“They were heavy as shit. They were angry, there was nothing polished or pretty about them. I thought that was awesome. Especially that ‘Ultimate Sin’ tour. That’s where we had to dress a certain way, you know? Ozzy had that gold glitter big-shouldered thing going and he had a guy that made clothes for everybody. You couldn’t dress yourself if you were in Ozzy. Not back then.

“So you had to go to the clothing designer and say what you wanted, and I remember seeing Ozzy’s outfit, seeing the bass player’s, and I was like, ‘Damn, if I have to wear this shit can you please just mute it down?’

He continued:

“I mean, most of my shit is black and white, there’s no glitter. And I still felt uncomfortable. And I remember one of Sharon’s things was, ‘You can’t dress like the punters. You can’t be on stage and look like you could also be in the front row.’

“When I joined, she told me that. I remembered that, but I didn’t think we had to go that far. And I love that Metallica went out in jeans and t-shirt’s and just fucking tore it up. I thought that was awesome. It had a punk attitude to it.”

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