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Dave Mustaine, Slash, Roy Clark and More Audition on 'The Drew Carey Show'

A few months ago, we posted an incredibly popular video of David Gilmour, Gary Moore, Lemmy, Mark Knopfler and more making hysterical guest appearances—all at the same time—on a classic 1987 episode of French and Saunders, a popular U.K. sketch comedy show that ended its run in 2007.

It looks like we might've just stumbled upon something akin to the U.S. version of this idea.

Below, check out a scene from a 1998 episode of The Drew Carey Show, a comedy that ran on ABC from 1995 to 2004. In the scene, Drew and his cronies decide to hold a last-minute audition as they search for a guitarist for their band. The clip features, in order of appearance:

  • Slash
  • Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen
  • ZZ Top's Dusty Hill (who plays bass)
  • Matthew Sweet (Hey, it was the Nineties!)
  • Joey Ramone
  • Lisa Loeb
  • Dave Mustaine
  • Roy Clark (who plays fiddle in the clip)
  • Jonny Lang
  • Michael Stanley
  • Joe Walsh.

After Mustaine shreds for a few seconds, the gang tells him, "Whoa! Don't be nervous, son. Just slow down."

"It's supposed to sound that way," Mustaine replies.

"Yeah, sure it is," Carey says. "Next!"

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.