Former METALLICA bassist Ron McGovney has commended James Hetfield for addressing his health issues.
McGovney made his comments after METALLICA 's tour of Australia and New Zealand was called off so that Hetfield could enter rehab to battle his addictions. The trek was slated to kick off on October 17 in Perth and was to include over 10 dates, with SLIPKNOT in the support slot.
Ron took to Twitter on Saturday (September 28) to offer his words of support for Hetfield , writing: " James Hetfield has been a friend of mine long before @Metallica. I always looked up to him as a musician even when we were in high school. If he needs anything , he has my number. I have been sober for 2 years. It's not easy. I'm with you big guy."
McGovney was a member of METALLICA during 1982 and appeared on the band's early demos. Tension between McGovney and then- METALLICA guitarist Dave Mustaine led to the bassist quitting the band. He later told "Talk Is Jericho" that his exit from METALLICA wasn't upsetting to him because he was less into the band's thrash style, plus he was interested in being a motorcycle mechanic.
In a 2004 interview with AllMetallica.com , McGovney stated about his time with METALLICA : "All of the songs that are found on [ METALLICA 's debut album] 'Kill 'Em All' were written in my garage and we played all of them when I was in the band. We also did DIAMOND HEAD covers: 'The Prince' , 'Sucking My Love' , 'Am I Evil' , and 'Helpless' . We covered 'Blitzkrieg' by BLITZKRIEG , 'Let It Loose' by SAVAGE and 'Killing Time' by SWEET SAVAGE . All of those songs can be found on bootlegs, but I have a practice tape of us doing some of those songs. I did do some arranging of the songs, but I was never credited with anything. I played at least 28 gigs with the band in the first year."
James Hetfield has been a friend of mine long before @Metallica . I always looked up to him as a musician even when we were in high school. If he needs anything , he has my number. I have been sober for 2 years. It's not easy. I'm with you big guy. pic.twitter.com/W4zmup8iTH— Ron McGovney (@RonMcGovney) September 28, 2019