Guns N’ Roses Former Drummer Wants to Challenge Lars Ulrich

Bryan Mantia Wants to Play Tennis With Lars Ulrich of Metallica

Former Chinese Democracy Guns N’ Roses drummer Bryan Mantia, better known by his stage name Brain, was recently interviewed on the Appetite For Distortion podcast with Brando, Brain challenged legendary Metallica co-founder Lars Ulrich to a tennis match. Alternative Nation reporter Mike Mazzarone transcribed Brain’s comments when he was talking about tennis. Brain called out Lars Ulrich, challenging him to a tennis match.

Brain: I would love to compete [in tennis], like I said my first tournament was last night doing the U.S.T.A. tournament and you know, it was awesome. It was like, ‘I wanna do more’ and this team I’m on has been doing really well and they might go to districts and from there they’d go to regionals and stuff like that. So, I’d like to see how far I can take it but like I said my goals, I’m taking crazy lessons and doing it five days a week I would like to challenge Lars [Ulrich] to a match or something, that would my ultimate goal.

Brain: I think his dad was a pro and I heard Lars was good too, I don’t know that might be way out…

Brando: I don’t know…

Lenny Kravitz Describes Working With Slash

According to Ultimate Classic Rock

Lenny Kravitz recalled the “fluid” experience of reuniting with former schoolmate Slash for his 1991 album Mama Said, and explained why he let the Guns N’ Roses guitarist record only one take of his solo for “Fields of Joy.”

The pair reconnected at an awards ceremony and decided to work together while Kravitz was in the process of making his second LP, and the first collaboration was the addition of a lead guitar track to the already-written song.

“Slash and I went to high school together, but we hadn’t seen each other since,” Kravitz told Music Radar in a recent interview. “When my first album was out, I went to the American Music Awards and Guns N’ Roses were getting awards and they were sitting in front of me. He and I just kept looking at each other.

“Then we realized we knew each other from school. So we started talking and were excited to meet each other again, especially the fact we were both making music. I was doing some overdub sessions for Mama Said, so he came in and played the solo on ‘Fields of Joy.’ It was a one-take solo and he wanted to play it over again, but I wouldn’t let him. I always love first takes.”

Having enjoyed the experience so much, they decided to write a song together on a later occasion. “We started to jam, and that riff to ‘Always on the Run’ ended up coming out,” Kravitz recalled.

“The song just wrote itself. To cut the track, he played the riff, I was on the drums. So it was just guitar and drums – that was it – and we got through the take and then I played my guitar part, which is the counter-rhythm part. Then I played the bass. He played his solo and then I wrote the horn arrangement, had the horn players come in and that was that. Did the vocals. It was a great session. Really fluid, it was very quick and spontaneous.”