Korn singer Jonathan Davis talked about getting into trouble during the band’s first tour as Metallica’s opening act for “talking shit” about them. He told Lead Singer Syndrome (via Blabbermouth):
“We went out on tour with Metallica – our first Metallica tour – and I said something in the press and they took it and they cut it out, the quote, and they put it all over the arena.
“And the quote was, ‘I liked Metallica better when they were men.’ [Laughs] And I felt so horrible. And they came and said, ‘You talking shit?’ I was all, ‘Yes. I’m sorry.’
“I was intimidated. That’s James Hetfield and Kirk [Hammett] and all those guys just looking at me. It’s my first tour with them. I mean, I love ’em now – don’t get me wrong -but, yeah, I said some shit. ‘Cause it was kind of weird.”
Davis explained that the incident happened around the release of Metallica 1996 record “Load,” adding:
“That was just odd. It was weird. It was very weird. But to this day, I love those guys; they’ve been really, really cool to us and took us on a lot of tours.
“Yeah, it was weird [how] most bands were going soft at that time. And now that I look back, I’m glad they did. You can’t keep doing the same shit, ’cause you get bored. And that’s all they were doing – they were trying to evolve, trying to figure it out – and more power to ’em.”
Back in 2003, Davis made headlines when he said “St. Anger” was “the shittiest thing I ever heard in my life,” adding:
“I respect those guys immensely since some of those songs are great. Some of that shit sounds like it’s beginners’ shit. I understand they’re going for a new raw and heavy sound, but that’s just shit. I don’t get it.
“I like some of the songs, it’s cool and it’s not [me] talking shit [about them] at all, but the production is just horrible. I know what they’re trying to get across, but Lars [Ulrich]’s snare drum is the most irritating thing I’ve heard in my whole life.”