Though there have been quite a few nice Grasp Of Puppets covers over time, in 2022, we noticed that quantity skyrocket due to the track’s inclusion within the world smash hit sci-fi/horror collection Stranger Issues. There have been pop-punk takes, busking performances and even renditions of the monitor performed within the model of Linkin Park.
Regardless of the massive inflow of recent covers, nevertheless, we do not assume anybody has ever managed to high Primus’ efficiency of the track method again in 1994.
On August 14 that 12 months, Primus performed the track throughout their look at Woodstock Pageant in New York. First taking part in by way of a handful of hits, comparable to My Identify Is Mud, Jerry Was A Racecar Driver and extra, the funk-metallers then signed off their set with the Metallica cowl for the ultimate track of their encore.
For the rendition, frontman Les Claypool kicked off the track with a modified, slap-bass model of the emblematic Grasp Of Puppets thrash riff, earlier than being joined in by the drums and guitar. Though the duvet solely lasted a minute, it had a direct impact on the viewers, who had been rapidly whipped right into a frantic, wild frenzy.
Paradoxically, Claypool truly as soon as auditioned to be in Metallica following the tragic demise of bassist Cliff Burton in 1986.
Earlier this 12 months, the bassist mirrored on the audition whereas in dialog with Goldmine to debate Primus’s Rush tribute tour and new EP, Conspiranoid.
When questioned over whether or not he believed his rejection to be a blessing in disguise, he responded: “On the time I did not assume that. I assumed that I’d have the ability to give up my carpentry job and head to Japan [for Metallica’s first Japanese tour].
“However there is a cause why they did not decide me. I did not match they usually noticed that. I had my very own factor going and it was a sensible transfer on their half. And even when it got here up once more [following Jason Newsted’s departure], they knew that I wasn’t the correct man for it they usually obtained the proper individual.”
Watch Primus’ 1994 cowl of Metallica’s Grasp Of Puppets beneath: