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Hulk Hogan Really Wanted to Join the Rolling Stones and Metallica

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Darryl Jones of the Rolling Stones and Robert Trujillo of Metallica are two of the better rock bassists on the planet, but they’d look pretty silly if they tried to pull off a leg drop in the wrestling ring. Hulk Hogan, on the other hand, can hold a groove down and win a match with his signature finishing move.

As Stones and Metallica fans are likely already aware, Hogan tried to bring his bass-playing skills to the table with both bands at different points in his wrestling career — first in the early ’90s, when Bill Wyman quit the Stones and Hogan was thinking about hanging up his leotard, and then again in 2001, after Jason Newsted departed Metallica. He’s taken plenty of flak for suggesting either of those efforts could have amounted to anything, but as he reiterated during a recent interview with Noisey, he was always sincere.

Recalling an awards show where he’d been presented with an honor by Mick Jagger‘s longtime partner Jerry Hall, Hogan said he overheard her talking to the Stones singer about how they needed to find a bass player, and quickly put his plan in action: “She had already told me that her kids are big fans, and she wanted merchandise, so I was like, ‘All right, let’s reel her in.’ I was like ‘Look, I used to play bass. I know all the Rolling Stones songs. Tell Mick if you guys need a bass player for the Rolling Stones, I swear to God I could show up. I could rehearse one day and play everything they play. Please tell Mick, please tell Mick.'”

Sadly, although Hogan sent the Jaggers plenty of Hulk merchandise, he never heard back — but to his credit, that didn’t keep him from trying again when he heard Metallica were looking for a new bassist. “Brother, I was writing letters, made a tape of myself playing and sent it to their management company. Kept making calls trying to get through,” he lamented. “I tried for two weeks and never heard a word back from them either.”

If you ask us, the Stones hiring Hogan would have been worth it just for the sight of the 6’7″ wrestling legend prowling the stage alongside Jagger (5’10”), Ron Wood (5’9″) and Keith Richards (5’9″). Alas, it wasn’t meant to be, but you can still have a look at Hulk’s live bass prowess courtesy of this clip of him sitting in with King Diamond. Not bad, right?

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