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 had been going from golf equipment to impulsively, we had been at a soccer stadium in Warsaw. And going round Europe and america…. Taking part in in Europe in Jap Bloc international locations, the place no one actually heard of you – opening for Metallica at that time of their profession the place they had been simply large. You needed to put your huge 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 had been not with amps simply behind us. It was round and it was an entire completely different ballgame. You simply put up or shut up. 

“And the massive factor is you didn’t need the gang doing, ‘Metallica! Metallica! Metallica!’ in the midst of your set. You needed to simply go. And it was fantastic – it was an awesome 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 folks arising by way of the ranks. Justin Hawkins of The Darkness has spoken graciously of how Hetfield helped him out throughout a fairly 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 had been simply ratty. And I keep in mind Hetfield saying, ‘Man… these guitars ain’t gonna make it!’ So, he hooked us up with ESP, and so they 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 misplaced with out them.”

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