guitarist Andreas Kisser
recently revealed he was close to joining metal titans Metallica
as a temporary member following frontman James Hetfield
's 1992 Montreal stage pyro incident.
Chatting with Guitar World
, Kisser discussed the fill-in guitarist audition. "Phil Rind, the singer and bass player from Sacred Reich, was very good friends with Jason Newsted. He mentioned my name to Jason, and Jason said, 'Yeah, if you can manage to come to the United States, we're going to be in Denver auditioning different guitar players.' So I bought a ticket right away, and the next day I was going to Denver."
"I knew all the Metallica stuff by heart - that's like my school - except the 'Black Album,' which was very new at the time,"
Andreas continued. "But I went there and I practiced with them the first day. James wasn't there - only Lars
] and Jason, and I played the songs, and they liked it a lot.
"Jason was really excited about my playing and they asked me to stay the second day, which were the finals. James was there that day. It was between me and James Marshall
guitarist and onetime Metallica roadie], who had already filled in before when James broke his arm skateboarding."
Although the band ultimately didn't pick him, Kisser still has fond memories of the whole experience. "Maybe they didn't choose me because I wasn't really ready with the full repertoire," he said (via Blabbermouth.) "I played many songs with them - 'The Shortest Straw,' 'One' and 'Enter Sandman' - but 'The Unforgiven' was kind of hard for me, as was 'Nothing Else Matters.'
"Plus, I was nervous as well. To walk into a Metallica practice room ... The first time you see everybody there, it was like a dream/nightmare for me. But from there I got to be really good friends with them, especially Jason Newsted. We've met many times after that, and we've done demos together and jammed and stuff, so it was awesome. Even though I didn't get the job, it was an amazing experience for me."