Primus legend Les Claypool famously auditioned for Metallica following Cliff Burton’s death in 1986. In a new interview, Claypool clears up some misinformation about the audition and claims he would’ve only lasted one or two months in the band before getting kicked out.
Les Claypool knew Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett from high school, which helped get him the audition during the very early days of Primus. “To be honest, I wasn’t really into metal at the time,” Claypool tells Kerrang. “I just knew that it was my buddy Kirk’s band and that they were doing really well. It wasn’t until the audition that I got a sense of what was really going on. It was a bit of a heavy thing, the audition, and I didn’t realize until I got there that it was kind of a big deal. Afterwards I fantasized about quitting my carpentry job and touring Japan with them, but I didn’t get the gig.”