Megadeth bassist David Ellefson spoke in an interview with Doc Coyle during the recent episode of The Ex-Man podcast, and revealed the story of how he nearly joined Metallica in 2001.

David was asked if he took part in the Metallica bassist tryouts once it was announced that Newsted had split with the group.

He stated:

“I did not. Lars [Ulrich, Metallica drummer] had contacted Dave [Mustaine] to ask him permission, which I thought was kind of him, to say, ‘Hey, would it be okay if we reach out to Ellefson?’ ‘Cause Dave called me.

And he said, ‘Listen, I would hate to lose you, but, as your friend, I certainly couldn’t hold you back from an opportunity like that. So he gave it his blessing. I never did get the call.”

Ellefson also revealed what he really thinks about Metallica, and said:

I’m a big Metallica fan, starting with [the] ‘No Life ‘Til Leather’. In fact, quite honestly, ‘No Life ‘Til Leather’, that’s my heart of Metallica. I love ‘Kill ‘Em All’. I really love ‘Master Of Puppets’. There’s a different vibe about [‘No Life ‘Til Leather’], ’cause, obviously, Dave played on that.

So that’s why I heard it first — because when I met Dave, ‘Kill ‘Em All’ wasn’t even out yet. They had let Dave go, then they recorded ‘Kill ‘Em All’, but that album wasn’t out yet. So this is June of ’83. What I liked was the bass player, Ron McGovney. As much as everybody’s really into Cliff [Burton], my Metallica was with Ron McGovney. And that’s why on ‘Mechanix’, when we put it on ‘Killing Is My Business’, I played Ron’s bassline.”

Listen to the entire interview below. Click here for the source. (Blabbermouth)