May 8, 2002

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist Kirk Hammett joined SAMMY HAGAR & THE WABORITAS for live renditions of four MONTROSE songs (Hagar's old band) at the Fillmore in San Francisco, California last night, May 7th. Here is the full report, as posted at METALLICA's official web site at

Last night at the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco, SAMMY HAGAR & THE WABORITAS played their last of three shows. In the middle of the show Sammy invited his friend and VAN HALEN bass player Michael Anthony on stage. They played a few VAN HALEN songs and got the crowd goin'. After that he asked Michael:

"Hey Michael, do you remember who was on the Monsters of Rock tour with us? Let's was VAN HALEN, SCORPIONS, DOKKEN, KINGDOM COME, and then it was ..... METALLICA"

Suddenly, Lars and Kirk walk on stage and the crowd's ecstatic roar would not end. Sammy introduced the band as "HIGH MAINTENANCE" (an inside joke). They kicked into 4 songs from the first MONTROSE album (Sammy Hagar's first band) – "Rock the Nation", "Space Station #5", "Rock Candy", and "Bad Motor Scooter". The "HIGH MAINTENANCE" band consisted of: Sammy Hagar - Vocals, Michael Anthony - Bass, Lars Ulrich - Drums, Kirk Hammett - Guitar and Victor Johnson on Rhythm Guitar.

Earlier in the afternoon, Lars & Kirk (...and entourage, of course) showed up at Sammy's house for a quick 30-minute rehearsal. This is when the name "HIGH MAINTENANCE" came up. The vibe was there, the were there, and the laughs were constantly flowing. "I don't know about you guys, but it's kinda fun doing this," Lars bursted out. "Hey, if we play it this good tonight, I'll be happy - everybody will be happy," said Sammy with a smile.

To see exclusive photos of the lads jamming and rehearsing in preparation for last night's performance, go to

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