Sepultura Bassist Recalls His Rare-Known Auditioning For Metallica

In a new YouTube interview stream with Alive & Streaming, Andreas Kisser, known for the guitarist of the Sepultura, recalled his auditioning for the heavy metal legends Metallica and shared his opinion for the band.

In 1992, Andreas Kisser was got a phone call from Jason Newsted, who was the bassist of the band at the time, and called from the auditioning for them after the band’s frontman James Hetfield’s unfortunate stage accident.

Speaking about those days, Andreas remembered his reaction to the phone call and said that he thought that it would be fantastic. He also touched their greatness and professionalism.

“Jason Newsted, of course, called me. ‘Hey, we are in Denver, Colorado. We have the setup here at the arena. And we are trying out everyone – Metallica cover bands and friends and everything,’ which I thought was fantastic.

“Metallica is huge because they are huge in every respect – their attitude. They really looked for every type of possibility. Even myself, a guitar player from Brazil.

“I took the plane by myself with my Charvel guitar. I went to Colorado. There was a limousine waiting for me with my name, and then I went straight to the arena to the practice room.”

Andreas continued his words by remembering the first guy he saw when he arrived at the place. He added his words that it was weird and explained why he thought like that. Andreas also said the first track he played was Enter Sandman and added that it was awesome.

“The first one I saw was Kirk Hammett: ‘Hey, you came from Brazil. Are you all right, man?’ [Laughs] And then I was listening to some guys playing, and I was next. I came in, and I played so calm.

“It was so weird. Because they really let me feel at home. And I played ‘Enter Sandman,’ I think, was the first one. And it was perfect. Even the crew people said, ‘Wow! We were listening from outside. We felt that the band was doing the practice.’”

Continuing to mention those days, he said that he stayed for the final. He concluded his words by touching his current relationship with the band members and said that they’re still being friends.

“And then I stayed for the final, for the next day. It was me and John Marshall [Metal Church guitarist and onetime Metallica roadie who already filled in for James in the past] only, which I felt was a big victory for me, even though I didn’t get the job.

“But the songs from the ‘Black Album’ were still very new for me. ‘The Unforgiven,’ a lot of details that I didn’t know how to perform and stuff. And John Marshall was ready – an American, and they’re all friends and stuff.

“But they actually had a meeting after the rehearsals. So it was really close – it was really, really close that I didn’t get the possibility to tour with them and Guns N’ Roses.

“And Faith No More was opening; the tour was amazing. But it was one of the best experiences of my life. And still, nowadays, we’re friends. It’s fantastic.”

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