Eyes off the prize! Back in 2005, Metallica played two concerts with the Rolling Stones in San Francisco. However, the heavy metal legends were told to essentially ignore Mick Jagger's presence.
Metallica drummer and co-founder Lars Ulrich recalled the situation on the "Club Random with Bill Maher" podcast.
"So we're sitting backstage, and – and this is in no way a judgment on the Stones, this is really more about us," Lars said. "At one point a personal assistant or whatever comes and says, 'Mick Jagger's gonna walk through here in a couple minutes, he's going over to his private gym in his truck, and he's going to warm up before the show. When he walks through here, please don't make eye contact with him or talk to him.'"
Metallica, who was one of the biggest bands in the world, was stunned.
Lars recalled, "We're sitting there going "what?!"
The legendary drummer, a huge Stones, fans were saddened that he was only allowed a photo op with Mick.
"I had dreams, like, I thought, we're gonna play with The Rolling Stones and you know where I'm gonna spend my whole time, is in Keith Richards hotel room, sitting at one of those legendary parties 'til nine o'clock in the morning. I'll be the last one to leave," Lars said. "It wasn't exactly like that."
For Metallica's supporting acts, the group makes it a point to do things differently.
"I always go and say hello to our support act. I look them in the eye, I ask them if there's anything they need," Lars said. "It's a human thing. If somebody comes out and plays on a Metallica stage I want them to feel at home."