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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:08 pm 

Was thinking about some of the bigger names that auditioned for, or were asked to join and didn't in the metal world.

Obviously there were some big names involved with Metallica throught the years (Les Claypool, Joey Vera, John Bush, Greg Christian, Greg Chaisson, Mike Dean and all the Some Kind Of Monster cast...).

Others I can think of are:
Bobby Gustafson - Megadeth
Lee Altus - Megadeth
Nick Menza - Slayer/Overkill

But there have been a few odd ones too like the following:
Chuck Billy auditioning for Sepultura in '96
Gary Holt trying out for Machine Head in '98/99
Pepper Keenan auditioned for Faith No More in the early days.
Travis Barker (he of shite band Blink 182) turned down the opportunity to try out for Slayer.

Anyone know any others?


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:16 pm 

Hulk Hogan auditioning for Metallica.

Would've been deadly brother!


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:31 pm 

Didnt Dimebag audition for Megadeth in the 80's? I'm sure I read before he did and his one condition on joining was that his brother Vinnie would get the drummers gig. Mustaine wasn't having any of it and told both of them to get ta'fuck.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:46 pm 

Didn't Jeff Loomis try for Megadeth as well when he was just 16 or something like that?


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:51 pm 

Jeff Loomis not getting the Megadeth Slot.

1982 Kiss tries out included Doug Aldrich, Robbin Crosby, Ritchie Sambora. Ross the Boss also rumoured but could not be confirmed.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:09 pm 

skadk666 wrote:
Didnt Dimebag audition for Megadeth in the 80's? I'm sure I read before he did and his one condition on joining was that his brother Vinnie would get the drummers gig. Mustaine wasn't having any of it and told both of them to get ta'fuck.


I understand this is partly true but it would've been closer to 1990. Mustaine also asked Jeff Waters a few times - if someone hasn't already mentioned it.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:43 pm 

Proscriptor McGovern from Absu not getting the Slayer gig when they rehired Lombardo.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:39 pm 

Slash for Megadeth and Poison
Jeff Waters for Megadeth


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:55 pm 

Forgot about the Slash with Megadeth one


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:38 pm 

Wasn't there talk of George Michael joining Queen for a while after Freddie died?


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:45 pm 

prof. wedgie wrote:
Wasn't there talk of George Michael joining Queen for a while after Freddie died?


That could well be true. It did make me remember a really odd one
Michael Bolton trying out for Black Sabbath.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:49 pm 

Devin Townsend with Judas Priest, Slash's Snakepit and G/Z/R (Geezer Butler).

Tony Iommi in Jethro Tull (for a few days!).

Gene Hoglan in Slayer.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:20 pm 

I remember reading somewhere before that Kelley Schaefer of Atheist almost got the spot as frontman with Velvet Revolver.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:37 pm 

Scott Reeder auditioning for Metallica when Newsted left. If Metallica had played their cards right they could have hired him and maybe been revitalised as a creative force a bit, instead they went for the yes man in Trujillo (who is still a good bassist, just not Cliff or Jason) and they essentially gave up on any creative progression from then on. More than anything else, that was when the old Metallica finally came to an end.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:38 pm 

Also the idea of Hendrix joining Emerson Lake and Palmer. Could have been very interesting.


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