Metallica Icon Reveals Why He’s Afraid To Ripoff Ex-Bandmate


Former Metallica guitarist and current Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine hinted that he’s never used a wah-wah pedal live due to how closely it’s tied to the Metallica sound, having been used by Kirk Hammett and the late Cliff Burton. It’s easy to understand why he wouldn’t want to be seen as ripping off his former band, despite being a legendary innovator of the metal genre.

Mustaine said in a new Instagram video, “Tonight’s gonna be the first time I’m ever gonna use a wah-wah pedal live. I’ve been really apprehensive of using one for obvious reasons and people overusing them. So I’ve found that this ‘Experience Hendrix’ tour has gotten me out of my comfort zone, and it’s been really good for me as a player.

So I’m gonna give it a try. I don’t know how it’s gonna turn out, so if you’re here, you’ll find out. If you’re not, check back later and see. But I’m really excited about it. And if you’re a guitar player, I just wanna encourage you to get outside your comfort zone too. And come and check out the ‘Experience Hendrix’ tour.”

Mustaine recently reflected on 35 years of Megadeth, via uDiscoverMusic.

With 15 studio albums spanning over three decades, diving into the Megadeth cannon can be daunting for a newcomer, but Dave Mustaine offers some words of wisdom:

“If you’re listening to Megadeth for the first time, I would have you listen to the new 35th anniversary record, Warheads On Foreheads, because, chronologically, it will show you how the band matured.”

Along with the band’s evolution, the anthology is evidence of Mustaine’s past struggles and the art that came out of it.

“It shows what I went through in my life,” Mustaine says. “My heroin days, my cocaine days, my alcoholism, losing band members and losing family members. You can tell listening to the songs.”