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Ron McGovney Interview

Discussion in 'News & PR' started by MJ5150, Jun 22, 2004.

  1. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    Posted by MinusHuman

    Recently I had the chance to interview Ron McGovney (Metallica's First Bass Player) via E-mail. I asked him a handful of questions, as did a few other names from around the Metallica community. Ron very generously answered every question, and this is what he had to say:
  2. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    Could you explain for everyone exactly what your part was in the early days of Metallica? - AllMet

    I was not only the first bass player for Metallica, I was also the lead roadie. The band was formed in my garage and we used my dad's old Ford pickup to haul our equipment. I built a drum stage for Lars that we used in clubs. My parents and I actually were the financial backers of the band in the early days.


    What songs did you record/help write with them and how many gigs did you play together? - AllMet

    All of the songs that are found on Kill Em All were written in my garage and we played all of them when I was in the band. We also did Diamond Head covers: The Prince, Sucking My Love, Am I Evil, and Helpless. We covered Blitzkrieg by Blitzkrieg, Let It Loose by Savage and Killing Time by Sweet Savage. All of those songs can be found on bootlegs, but I have a practice tape of us doing some of those songs. I am going to put a copy up on eBay soon. I did do some arranging of the songs, but I was never credited with anything. I played at least 28 gigs with the band in the first year. A guy recently sent me a list of all the gigs I played an d I had forgotten about a few of them.

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