As you may or may not know, Primus bass maestro Les Claypool was one of the dudes that auditioned for Metallica back in ’86 when Jason Newsted got the gig.
Asked whether he ever wonders on how different his life would be if he was chosen to join the fold, Les told Full Metal Jackie:
“Oh, there would be nothing different because they would have booted me out after about, I would have given it five weeks, they probably would have booted me after five weeks.
“There is a reason why I didn’t get the gig. I didn’t fit the part.
“But they have [Robert] Trujillo now. He’s a spectacular bass player but he’s also just one of the nicest fellows in the music world, if not the world in general.
“He’s just a great guy. Have you ever met [him]? So they win: it’s a win, win, win.
Les also noted:
“I think a lot of people think I’m actually in the band. And it’s just not true – my bank account reflects that.”