Why Metallica Passed on Les Claypool
Schoolfriend and Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett invited the bassist to audition for the thrash giants after the death of Cliff Burton in a tour bus crash. But Claypool admits he didn't realise how big the band already were – and didn't know their music well enough.
He tells Rolling Stone: "It was extraordinarily loud – I remember Kirk telling us to turn down. We played Master of Puppets and From Whom the Bell Tolls. I didn't know the intro of For Whom the Bell Tolls was on the bass – they were waiting for me to start it and I was just looking at them.
"I think that's when James Hetfield knew. Well, they knew I wasn't the guy when I walked in the door. more on this story
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