Former Ramones Bassist Claims He Was Twice Offered Metallica Role
Former bassist for the Ramones, Christopher Ward, AKA C.J. Ramone, has stated in a new interview that he was twice offered the chance to join Metallica. The chat was conducted with music blog The Great Southern Brainfart.
Ward says that his son’s health at the time prevented him from joining the thrash legends following Jason Newsted’s departure in 2001.
“I was approached about joining Metallica not once but twice. [Laughs] When Jason first left the band they approached me. Awhile had gone by and they were having a hard time finding someone so they approached me again. At the time my son had been diagnosed with Autism and there was just no way I could leave him. Johnny [Ramone] was actually the one who hooked me up with the audition because he was friends with Kirk Hammett.
“I talked to my son’s doctor and explained the opportunity and that I could bring my family out on the road and even hire a nurse. The doctor just told me that my son needed to wake up in the same place every day, he needs to have meals at the same time every day and he needs to go to school every day and be around other kids. He said that anything other than that could be a detriment.”
“I have no regrets. It would’ve been great to play with Metallica after being in the Ramones. Jesus, that would be just like a too perfect life. [Laughs]”
You can read the full interview by clicking here.