Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider has quite the appreciation for Metallica, speaking very highly of them in a recent interview with Meltdown on WRIF 101.1 FM. However, it seems his early impression of the band was something completely different—and completely wrong.

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Metallica and Twisted Sister both toured together in the early days, which Snider recounts in the interview.

He shows some obvious respect for the band and everything they've accomplished over the years, but it seems Snider once believed they'd never get this far.

“Those motherfuckers earned every fucking dollar they made," Dee says in the interview. "They didn’t give an inch — until they [made] an ‘Alternica’ record. Which I thought was a great record, but they gave an inch. But up to that point, they just fought hard."

"This is a true story. We're on tour with Metallica, and we're in Holland, and I'm standing on the side of the stage and I'm watching them doing their set. And I turn to my bass player and I go, 'These guys have got a lot of heart, but they're never gonna go anywhere.'

Like I said, I'm brutally honest. I said that out fucking loud. What an asshole! I didn't wanna be against them. I just said, 'They're so heavy.' But they made people just accept how heavy they were, and that's the great thing about Metallica."

You can listen to the full interview, below.

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Snider isn't the only musician who thinks highly of Metallica. Zac Brown Band seem to have taken quite the liking to the iconic band as well, teaming up with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl to create an incredible cover we never knew we needed.

On January 31 Zac Brown Band performed in Atlanta as part of a Pandora LIVE event. They were joined onstage by Grohl who jumped in on lead vocals for the “Enter Sandman” cover.

Despite the abundant amount of guitar players on the stage, a few of Kirk Hammett’s guitar moments and solos were covered by Zac Brown Band’s fiddler player, Jimmy DeMartini—and we definitely didn’t hate it.

You can check out some fan-shot footage of the incredible performance, below!

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