Lars Ulrich has no plans to leave Metallica -- ever. But if he ever did, he knows who he'd like to replace him.
Ulrich identified exiled AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd during an interview in Baltimore before Metallica began its North American tour there on Wednesday (May 10). Ulrich said that, "If I could pick it, if I could hear somebody's drum behind (James) Hetfield's riffs, I'd take Phil Rudd. Just having this kind of vibe, like what we would do...He's been probably my main, biggest source of inspiration when we did the turnaway from the super-progressive stuff, the crazy stuff after ('...And Justice For All'), when we got into the black album and the 'Load' stuff, when it got a little more about the bounce and the riffs and the feel and the groove and all that. Phil Rudd, he's the top of that pyramid. Hearing Phil Rudd play behind James, that'd be pretty cool."
Rudd, of course is available; He was bumped from AC/DC during 2014 following legal and substance abuse issues in New Zealand, where he resides.
Rudd now maintains he's sober and clean and released a solo album, Head Job, last year. AC/DC has not said anything about its future since its Rock Or Bust World Tour wrapped up last year.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.