Ongoing History of New Music

Ongoing History Daily: Hulk Hogan, Metallica bass player. Wait–what?

Before he became a world famous professional wrestler, Hulk Hogan was a wannabe rock star.

While he was in college, he played bass in a bunch of bands that went nowhere. But then the wrestling thing came along and he got rich. But when Metallica bass player Cliff Burton was killed in that bus crash in Sweden in 1986 and started auditioning for a replacement, the Hulkster gave them a call.

“Hey, I’m a bass player. I love Ride the Lightning. Can I try out?” However, he never heard back. No reply at all. But that didn’t stop the Hulk he also made a bid to replace Bill Wyman when he quit the Rolling Stones.

Again, he never heard back. Strange, that.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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