Purple Rocker Sammy Hagar says Metallica owe him $200 after he accurately predicted they had been about to hit the large time.
Hagar was fronting Van Halen on the 1988 Monsters of Rock tour, which additionally featured Metallica who had been performing simply months earlier than they launched fourth album …And Justice for All.
Watching as Metallica “crushed it each evening”, Hagar knew they had been about to blow up. It appears the thrash icons weren’t but so certain themselves, as all of them took Hagar up on his $100 wager that their subsequent file would go platinum.
Positive sufficient, …And Justice for All was licensed platinum simply 9 weeks after its launch in September 1988.
In an Instagram put up, Hagar shares a photograph from the Monsters of Rock press convention and jokes that he is nonetheless owed $100 by Metallica frontman James Hetfield and Jason Newsted, who was their bass participant on the time.
Hagar says: “Metallica hadn’t broke but with Enter Sandman, however they crushed it each evening, put a giant harm on Dokken, who needed to comply with them, ouch!
“I wager the members of Metallica $100 every that on the finish of this tour their subsequent file would go platinum. To date Lars and Kirk are the one ones that paid up. Ha ha.”
A Traditional Rock article known as Monsters Of Rock US 1988: The Making Of Metallica describes how Metallica, who had been low down the invoice, rapidly caught the creativeness of competition goers.
It reads: As Metallica’s fame rapidly escalated, so the crowds got here earlier and earlier, till very quickly there have been 40-50,000 individuals inside at 3 o’clock within the afternoon, prepared to listen to them lay sonic waste to whoever was in the way in which.”