Megadeth Briefly Considered Hiring Warrant's Eric Turner was a top 20 story of Sept 2020: Megadeth and Warrant are on the opposite ends of the metal spectrum, but Erik Turner recently revealed that he was briefly considered for a position in the original lineup of Megadeth.
Dave Mustaine formed the legendary thrash band with David Ellefson in 1983, shortly after Mustaine was ousted from Metallica. Turner shared that he answered an ad for a guitarist in the band, but things never progressed beyond a meeting with Mustaine.
Turner was asked about trying for the gig during an interview with Chuck Shute Podcast and he explained, "When I was 16, there was a paper called The Recycler in Orange County, and there was an ad in there. I had never heard of Metallica at the time, but it says ex-Metallica guitarist forming new band Megadeath. And inquire if you're interested.
"So I contacted Dave through the paper, the phone or whatever. And I went down I think it was Huntington Beach and it was his mom's apartment or something there that he was staying at. I don't know whose I think it was his mom. I don't know. I could be wrong.
"But anyways, I met Dave we talked. And that was it. I never got past that... Audition is to the next level of actually jamming with... but years laterr we lived in the same apartment building in Sherman Oaks. Dave and I and I would see him at different places and say hi. And I reminded him of that story. And yeah, he's always he's always been super cool to me. " Listen to the full interview here.