Auditions happen all the time for famous bands. There are dozens of different “what if” stories of famous rock stars auditioning for other bands. Here are some interesting facts that you may not have ever heard.
Slash auditioned for Poison
Eventual Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash was one of the peak guitarists on the Sunset Strip in the mid 1980s. Slash auditioned for Poison prior to joining Guns N’ Roses, but admitted he wasn’t really a fan of the band. CC Deville ended up getting the guitarist job and he was the band’s guitarist during the band’s peak in the 1980s. Slash often wore a “Poison sucks” T-shirt to Guns N’ Roses shows after they broke. Many consider it to be out of spite, but I think its probably because Poison actually sucks.
Les Claypool auditioned for Metallica
Les Claypool is famous for his unique bass playing in Primus, but it was revealed on Behind the Music that Claypool auditioned for Metallica. The members of the band jokingly claimed that Claypool was “too good” for the band. This audition came after their bassist Cliff Burton was killed. Metallica eventually decided to go with Jason Newsted who would play with the band for about 15 years. Claypool eventually broke into the scene with his very unique band Primus.
Sebastian Bach auditioned for Velvet Revolver
A trio of former Guns N’ Roses members (Slash, Duff Mckagan and Matt Sorum) were working on a proposed project for a long time. The band would eventually become Velvet Revolver. Former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach was considered, but Slash later claimed Bach was too obvious of a pick and that their work sounded like “Skid N’ Roses”. Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland eventually joined the band for their short 4 year run. Corey Taylor from Slipknot was also considered for the band after Weiland left to rejoin Stone Temple Pilots.
Michael Bolton auditioned for Black Sabbath
Yup, this happened. People forget that Michael Bolton was actually a rock and metal singer before singing some epic ballads. Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath has said that Michael Bolton auditioned for Black Sabbath after both Ozzy Osbourne and Ronnie James Dio were gone. Iommi admits Bolton was excellent, but he wasn’t what he was looking for at the time. Bolton was probably better off not taking the position.
Steven Adler auditioned for AC/DC
Shortly after he was fired by Guns N’ Roses for his drug use Steven Adler was considered as a replacement for Simon Wright in AC/DC. Adler claims he was actually offered the spot, but when Axl Rose said publicly that Adler was a drug addict they rescinded the offer.
Dimebag Darrell auditioned for Megadeth
Shortly before Pantera’s breakout Dimebag Darrell auditioned for Megadeth and Dave Mustaine was willing to hire him, but Dimebag declined the offer because his brother Vinnie Paul was not offered a spot in the band. Nick Menza was already hired and after Dimebag declined Marty Freidman joined and that lineup became the classic Megadeth lineup. Pantera found success shortly after.
Do you know of any other musicians that auditioned for famous bands?