Metallica Wanted To Hire A Ramone?

10/04/2011
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(hennemusic) More info about Metallica bassist auditions over the years continues to come out. Now, former Ramones bassman C.J Ramone says that he was invited to audition for Metallica on two separate occasions, to replace Jason Newsted, but turned down the opportunity.

A big part of the reason for C.J. turning the gig down was due to the health of his son. "I was approached about joining Metallica, not once, but twice," Ramone tells The Great Southern Brainfart. "When Jason [Newsted] first left the band [in 2001] they approached me. A while had gone by and they were having a hard time finding someone, so they approached me again. At the time my son had been diagnosed with autism and there was just no way I could leave him."

"Johnny [Ramone] was actually the one who hooked me up with the audition because he was friends with [Metallica guitarist] Kirk Hammett" C.J. explained. more on this story

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