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Sebastian Bach Recalls Being Pranked by Lars Ulrich While on Quaaludes

Frazer Harrison / Gareth Cattermole, Getty Images
Frazer Harrison / Gareth Cattermole, Getty Images

The ’80s were a hedonistic time for many rock stars, Sebastian Bach included. And the rocker is set to share some of his tales in the new book 18 and Life on Skid Row. Bach shares his life on tour and friendships with fellow rockers and in a new excerpt published at Rolling Stone, he recalls a prank pulled upon him and Duff McKagan by Lars Ulrich after the rockers had just tried Quaaludes.

In the excerpt, Bach recalls meeting up with Ulrich and McKagan at the famous Rainbow Bar and Grill on the Sunset Strip and trying Quaaludes for his first and only time. “I had heard about, but had never actually seen, the legendary drug known as Quaaludes. Always in stories regaling the ’70s, there would be mention of this mysterious drug that I had never come in encounter with in my time. I heard about it and wondered about it. This night at the Rainbow would be the one and only time I have ever seen, and tried, Quaaludes,” says Bach.

The rocker recalls falling under the table with Duff McKagan after the pair had been drinking and all of a sudden the effects of the Quaaludes kicked in. “As the night went on, the drugs began to hit me,” says Bach. “I became very, very, very, very, very relaxed. Very, very slow. As I was talking to Duff, I noticed the oddest thing. The shape of Duff’s mouth was changing. He was talking, but I couldn’t really understand what he was saying. He was mumbling. I looked down at my jacket. For some reason it was wet. I look back up at Duff. He was drooling. And then I realize the same thing was happening to my face. I had lost control over the muscles in my mouth. My lips were slack-jawed. I was drooling all over myself.”

But that’s when Ulrich decided to have his fun. “As I look up, I see the laughing little heavy metal gnome known as Lars Ulrich dancing merrily around our table,” says Bach. “He’s like a little Leprechaun, doing a pixie dance. ‘Hahahahaha! Hey everybody! Live! Come and meet your heroes! It’s a dream come true!’ … Lars is charging fans five dollars each to come sit next to me and Duff. To get their pictures taken with us. We are too ‘Luded out to protest. Attempting to stop this madness, we tell LLLLAAAArrsssss to stop iitttttttt, through drool, in excruciatingly slow motion. Welcome to the Rainbow! I never did Quaaludes again,” concludes the rocker.

To read more of Bach’s stories about Lars Ulrich, head over to Rolling Stone to check out the full excerpt. 18 and Life on Skid Row is due Dec. 6 and you can pre-order it here.

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