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How McCartney played drums with U2

In an interview with Rolling Stone Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and Dave Grohl swapped stories about Paul McCartney wherein Ulrich revealed that his first encounter with the former Beatle wasn’t a lucky one.

Ulrich told Grohl he was at an event where Bono and the Edge were playing, and there was an empty drum kit and bass onstage. "I'm like, 'This is my chance to drum in U2 with Bono and the Edge,'" he recalled. "And I start building up the courage. I'm standing at the back hoping nobody will see me, and I'm going to start walking up and right as I start this other guy is five feet ahead of me and walks up, and I can't see who it is. And then he goes up and sits behind the drum kit up there, and it's Paul McCartney. I say, 'Wait a minute. I'm supposed to play drums in U2. That was my shot!' Then I ran screaming out of there and haven't been back since.”

"But [McCartney] is a great drummer," he continued. "He had a great pocket. It was super cool. They did a couple of songs and it was Bono, the Edge and McCartney on drums it was crazy." Ulrich didn’t reveal where and when this event happened: "It was so cool because there was no phones allowed ... and it was just something that existed in the people's minds that were there."

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André Homan

André Homan is a Dutch writer and journalist.

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