When Rolling Stone profiled Hulk Hogan, arguably the most famous wrestler of all time, in April, we examined his hardships following the end of his VH1 reality show Hogan Knows Best. He was in the middle of a messy divorce, his son was imprisoned on reckless driving charges and his body constantly ached from decades in the ring. What he didn’t mention, though, was that he’s always had dreams beyond the ring … dreams of being a rock star.
“I was in England presenting an award with Jerry Hall, Mick Jagger’s ex, and she told me the [Rolling] Stones were looking for a bass player,” Hogan told the Chicago Tribune‘s About Last Night blog while promoting his new autobiography My Life Outside the Ring. “I sent her a ton of merchandise that she asked for and said, ‘Tell Mick I’m a great bass player.’ I never heard a word back.”
That wasn’t the only Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band the Hulkster lobbied to join. “When Metallica was looking for a bass player, I called and never heard a word back from them either,” Hogan, an avid bassist, revealed. “I would have quit wrestling in a heartbeat to be a bass player for Metallica.” We’d personally like to see Hogan join the Smashing Pumpkins, as it’s no secret Billy Corgan is a huge fan of wrestling.