Kirk Hammett has added cred to rumors that Metallica was considering firing Lars Ulrich from the band. Speaking with WPYX-FM, the guitarist said the rumors circulating in the mid to late 80s that the drummer might get replaced had some basis in fact. Hammett downplayed the prospect of his ouster actually coming about, saying, 'We were unhappy, and we might have grumbled someting to someone. And then that person might have picked up on it and made it something a lot bigger than it actually was.' That someone could be Scott Ian, the drummer of Anthrax, who claimed that Cliff Burton and Hammett told him that they were fed up with Ulrich.