Dave Mustaine recently spoke about his current relationship with his former bandmates in Metallica, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich.
Dave Mustaine has shared tumultuous relationship with Metallica’s James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich in recent year. Mustaine has openly pondered why Megadeth has never gone on tour with Metallica, and even accused his former bandmates of trying to hold him back.
Mustaine also revealed in recent years that he and Hetfield were trying to work on a project together, but the whole thing tanked thanks to a disagreement over songwriting credits on the No Life ‘Til Leather demo.
During a new interview with Greg Prato of Consequence, he said: “It took a while for James [Hetfield] and Lars [Ulrich] and I to kind of come around and become friends again. But I would say we’re probably better off now than we’ve been for a long time. And it comes and goes.”
He continued: “I think the emotions between all of us, it’s probably understandable for a lot of people who break up with someone, it’s like a marriage and you part ways and sometimes you try and justify in your head the decision that you make. And sometimes the facts are all you need, and other times you feel compelled to kinda tell the story and you don’t really need to. And then there are people who tell the story and then add little salacious facts — like a tape recorder that has a feature to add stuff that never happened. So, I just look at that whole period with Metallica as something that was really great for me. And I wish them the best.”
Mustaine also commented on the criticism his replacement in Metallica, Kirk Hammett, received over the solo on the band’s recent single “Lux Æterna”, saying: “I heard that people are taking the piss out of Kirk. But Kirk’s a really good guitar player and I think that people forget real quickly he was winning every single guitar contest there was for 30 or 40 years … I have not heard their new album, but I’m sure it’s great.”
It has been noted that hasn’t played on any Metallica albums and did not attend their induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2009.