Former Metallica bassist Ron McGovney has told an uninformed fan that he quit drinking alcohol, and has not relapsed. A Metallica icon recently revealed a ‘wasted’ James Hetfield photo.
McGovney first tweeted, “I found these old beer bottles ( 20 in all ) while replacing the porch on our 100 year old house. A double shot glass too. Are they worth anything? I think our basement was a speakeasy in the 1930s.”
A fan said, “Clean them, polish them and put them on your bar as a decoration.” McGovney responded, “I don’t have a bar. I don’t drink anymore.”
He posted another rare photo as well, writing, “@theTroubadour in 1982. Fans enjoying drinks at the tables. Wonderful mellow evening.” He announced a few weeks ago, “38 years ago today , Metallica was formed in my garage in Norwalk , California. I have some flyer copies and photos from those days available. Contact @tiltman1313 at firstname.lastname@example.org for information. I will also sign them or items you send in. Thanks, Ron.”
McGovney’s former Metallica bandmate Lars Ulrich unloaded on Metallica breakup rumors a few days ago. JesusWasWayCool recently praised Ulrich’s business acumen on Reddit, “Lars was on a straight up hustle in the San Francisco Bay Area during the early 1980s, pounding the streets posting flyers, distributing cassettes to record stores, landing gigs, and establishing Metallica as an underground favorite and within just a few short years (they were selling out stadiums by about 1984) ultimately become **the** biggest, widely recognized, and longest lasting heavy metal band of all time, aside from Black Sabbath.
In the early days, he took on the roll of not just the band’s drummer, but also their manager, marketing “director” and even in some ways their “lawyer” in the early stages of Metallica’s career and put them on the map while many other thrash acts quickly faded out (e.g. Anvil) or were taken advantage of by record labels.
Even after becoming ultra successful Lars was still one of the most vocal critics of early music sharing (or stealing, depending on how you want to look at it) services such as Napster in the early 2000s and spoke out on behalf of not just Metallica but many other musicians in the industry as well. He caught a lot of backlash for this but stood by his statements and is now generally looked back upon as being forward thinking in terms of the current situation with streaming services such as Spotify really hurting revenue for up and coming artists.” A Metallica member recently admitted to getting drunk at Disneyland.
I don't have a bar. I don't drink anymore.
— Ron McGovney (@RonMcGovney) July 12, 2019