How Metallica “Stalked” Steve Harris In The 80’s

James Hetfield talks about the time he, Lars and original Metallica bassist Ron McGovney Stalked Steve Harris of Iron Maiden in 1981.

Or was it the other way around?


“Hanging out with Steve Harris & the Maiden guys always brings back great memories.”

“1981 – Possibly – Hanging out in Hollywood, CA, driving around with Ron McGovney – me and Lars in the backseat.”

“We saw Steve Harris walk down the street and us – dorky, shy metalheads [going], ‘Hey, Steve!”

“And he actually turns around and starts walking towards us. We’re like, ‘Ah, ah, ah, ah.”

“That was our first brush with somebody cool and famous – that always stuck with me. Steve Harris, a super-down-to-earth, really cool guy.”

“And nothing has changed. I mean, he showed up at the show that we did in Quebec.”

“It’s really cool when other musicians are hanging out, watching you do what you do – it takes it to another level.”


“You kinda go to Olympic mode, you step it up. Our set-list was at least five minutes faster – Lars was so nervous: ‘Oh, my God! Steve Harris is watching me!’ ‘Does this part sound too much like Iron Maiden?” Yes!…

“Usually, halfway through the show, you figure, ‘OK, he’s gone and he’s moved on to the next thing.”

“But no – for the whole show he was standing there; the whole show, to the very end. And not only was he standing there the whole time, he got in the vehicles with us [laughs], came to the hotel with us – super-cool guy!”

“And then we got to go see them a couple of days later. And likewise, super hospitable there.”

Lars Also Remembers The L.A Encounter!

Lars Ulrich on Metallica's first Iron Maiden Encounter [Deleted Scene from LA Metal Scene Explodes]

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