In a latest interview with Guitar World, Corrosion of Conformity chief Pepper Keenan talked about how Metallica’s James Hetfield guided C.O.C. within the late 90s.

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“We have been going from golf equipment to rapidly, we have been at a soccer stadium in Warsaw. And going round Europe and the USA…. Enjoying in Europe in Japanese Bloc international locations, the place no one actually heard of you – opening for Metallica at that time of their profession the place they have been simply large. You needed to put your massive boy pants on actual fast. [Laughs] It was fairly a studying curve.”

Keenan continued saying, “Hetfield was nice at guiding us. And it was within the spherical – we have been not with amps simply behind us. It was round and it was a complete completely different ballgame. You simply put up or shut up. 

“And the large factor is you didn’t need the gang doing, ‘Metallica! Metallica! Metallica!’ in the course of your set. You needed to simply go. And it was great – it was an ideal studying expertise that I’ll cherish for the remainder of my life.”

This isn’t the primary time we have heard of Hetfield being a mentor to other people arising by the ranks. Justin Hawkins of The Darkness has spoken graciously of how Hetfield helped him out throughout a reasonably darkish time in Hawkins‘ life.

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Keenan additionally spoke about his partnership with ESP Guitars, saying, “We went and rehearsed [for the Metallica tour] in a blimp hangar in Birmingham, England, and Woody and I had some Gibson SGs, however they have been simply ratty. And I bear in mind Hetfield saying, ‘Man… these guitars ain’t gonna make it!’ So, he hooked us up with ESP, they usually made us some copies of our favourite SG’s. And we’ve been utilizing them ever since.” 

Keenan continued by saying, “They’re simply super-solid. And I had mine made as thick as a Telecaster… However they’re simply workhorses… they’re stunning guitars…. [They’re an extension of how we play and I’d be lost without them.”

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