Saw them once at a free show and was surprised I liked his live playing better than on the radio. It actually had more of a groove, as close as I can describe it. It sounded more real...not punched in, precise and so metronome like.
I still thank god the Buffalo show happened before James got burned on the Metallica/GNR tour in '92. The clips of them soldiering on with a sub rhythm player and James singing just sucked. I pity those people who paid to see that...
1983 , Halloween headbangers ball at La'mours in Brooklyn NYC. Raven headlined, Anvil and Metallica was the warm up band. You couldn't tell me that Lars sucked that night. But watching him lately , I'm not to impressed.
Sometimes its not about how good your are , its about the band and the music. it was pretty incredible back then. The whole Vibe. Simplicity at 197 miles an hour.