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Wrestler Hulk Hogan Says He Almost Joined Metallica

Apparently, Hulk Hogan almost joined an early version of Metallica.

The former WWF champion wrestler, who once starred in his own reality TV show, Hogan Knows Best, told The Sun in London that he and Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich were pretty tight during Hogan's days as a session musician.

Yes, Hulk Hogan was a session musician.

"I used to be a session musician before I was a wrestler," Hogan said. "I played bass. I was big pals with Lars Ulrich, and he asked me if I wanted to play bass with Metallica in their early days, but it didn't work out."

Hogan added that he's a big fan of The Stone Roses, the recently reunited -- and legendary -- Manchester, England, band.

"I love the Stone Roses," he said. "They're getting back together, right? That's cool man. I used to work out to some of their songs."

Check out the video below to see Hogan sitting in (on bass) with Diamondback:

Photo: hulkhogan.com

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.