In 1986, after the death of Metallica’s legendary bassist Cliff Burton, the band had to including a new bass guitar player. Armored Saint bassist Joey Vera was one of the bassists invited to the jam.
Speaking in an interview by Stormbringer, Joey Vera explained how he refused to Metallica’s offer. He said:
“Well, the truth of that story is that after Cliff passed away, the band went into auditioning mode and auditioned a bunch of people. It was basically a cattle call — they had just so many people sending in tapes and trying to get auditions and stuff. And they started seeing a lot of people. And I think they were still just mourning their friend, obviously, and it was a super-miserable time for them on a lot of levels. And I think they got to a point where they just wanted to reach out to people that they knew, people they were friends with, and they started doing that.
They made several calls, and Lars [Ulrich] called me; I was one of the calls. They never asked me to join; they just said, ‘Hey…’ They told me the story, which I just repeated to you. ‘It’s not going well. We wanna reach out to people we know. Would you consider coming up and jamming with us?’ I was very honored to get that phone call. I said, ‘Let me think about it overnight, and I’ll let you know in the morning.‘
At that time, Armored Saint was, basically, in the middle of recording ‘Raising Fear’, our third record with Chrysalis, so it was a strange time in my life to think I could accept an offer like that. I wasn’t ready to leave Armored Saint, I wasn’t thinking about quitting, it wasn’t like I was necessarily unhappy with the band and looking for an out or anything. So it kind of struck me…
I had to think about what would my reasoning be to even go there to jam with them. And I’d have to go with the intention of wanting to get that gig. So I just came to terms with the fact that I wasn’t ready to make that change in my life. So I kindly called Lars back and kindly declined the offer to come up and jam. And he was totally cool with it. He totally understood.“
You can watch the entire interview from below.