During a recent appearance on the Metal Injection Livecast, Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler revealed he contacted Metallica’s Lars Ulrich for advice about working with Dave Mustaine prior to his tenure in Megadeth.
As widely reported, Adler spent about a year in the ‘Deth fold as a session drummer in 2015 and 2016, performing on the band’s 15th studio album, 2016’s “Dystopia.”
The drummer said:
“After I got the call [to join Megadeth], I actually called Lars. We had toured together and connected to some degree.
“And I said, ‘Hey, man, I just got, like, a legit offer to play, or at least try out I guess, for the new Megadeth record. And I think heavy metal, in general, is a bigger genre because of the drama between you guys. So, what, if anything, would you allow me to know about what am I getting into if I go into this?’
“And Lars told me what was exactly the truth: Dave is an absolute pussycat. He is a sweetheart – he really is. But he’s driven. He has a vision in mind and it’s perfectly defined and nothing outside of it is acceptable.
“And I love that. I’ve had the same idea. In my career, that’s exactly the way that I have kind of come up, and that’s why Dave and I got along. Now, that doesn’t mean you have the people skills to make it work or the ability to actually get to that end.
“I mean, those are difficult things that we all go through in whatever it is that we do. You know where you wanna be, you find that point on the horizon, and that is how you get it done – you believe in yourself and do it.”