Geddy Lee discusses Master of Puppets rumor

Bassist Geddy LeeGeddy Lee discusses Master of Puppets rumor

Rush bassist says he did talk with Metallica

By David Sands
December 17, 2015

Could Metallica’s 1986 speed metal masterpiece, Master of Puppets, have ended up going in a more synth-fueled prog-rock direction?

We’ll never know for sure, but apparently there is some truth to the rumor that Rush bassist Geddy Lee was considered to help produce the group’s classic album. In a recent interview with Noisey, Lee confirmed that there had been talk of him collaborating with the metal band during the 1980s.

“It’s sort of true,” Lee said of the rumor. “There was some discussion with Lars, back in the day, about working with them. This was before Master of Puppets came out, I think? There was talk, you know. I was friends with their management and I met Lars back in England.”

Lee told Noisey those talks happened before the untimely death of Metallica bassist Cliff Burton, who died in a bus crash in Sweden in September of 1986.

“I remember going to see them here in Toronto when they played at the Masonic Temple. That’s when the original bass player was still happening. You know, before that tragedy. And, you know, we talked about it and I liked their band a lot at that time. But it just never came together.”

Rush’s bassist has also been speaking out lately about the alleged retirement of his bandmate Neil Peart. In an article published this month in Drumhead magazine, Peart talks about his daughter referring to him as a retired drummer and compares himself to an athlete who must take himself out of the game.

Lee, however, insists his friend’s comments are being taken out of context.

“There’s really nothing to say,” the bassist told Team Rock. “I think Neil is just explaining his reasons for not wanting to tour, with the toll that it’s taking on his body.”

“In my view, there is certainly nothing surprising in what he said,” the bassist added. “Neil just feels that he has to explain with all the thousands of people asking, ‘Why no more tours?’ He needs to explain his side of it.”

Peart suffers from chronic tendonitis and has previously spoken out about wanting to spend more time with his family.

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