Why Metallica Passed on Les Claypool

06/13/2011
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(Rock News Desk) Primus mainman Les Claypool is looking forward to the band's future after bringing it out of hiatus and preparing their seventh album for release but he's taken a moment to reflect on his 1986 audition for Metallica. And he says the band knew from the moment he entered the room he wouldn't get the job.

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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