Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine says he is trying to get James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich of Metallica, to form a supergroup with himself and Megadeth bassist David Ellefson.
“I’ve talked to Lars and James about me and David doing a supergroup record with Lars and James. Well, James said ‘no,’ but it’s still kind of out there in the air. I’m gonna keep hammering on him. It’s on my bucket list.”
Mustaine began his career as the original Metallica guitarist, before he was dropped from the band due to his alcohol abuse. The final straw came when Mustaine was involved in an altercation with Hetfield, which saw the Metallica mainman walk away with a bloody nose, and Mustaine’s days in the band over.
In the three decades following, the issues between Mustaine and Metallica have been laid to rest, though Mustaine is still no stranger to confrontation with bandmates. Even if former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman wanted to return to the band, he couldn’t. “Well, first off, he’s not welcome. I mean, it’s not that he’s not welcome, it’s just that there’s no position for him. And Marty’s not as good as Chris [Broderick, current Megadeth guitarist] is, second off. And Marty wanted to be a pop guitar player. He left to join a girl in a band in Japan. . . [The Megadeth lineup featuring Friedman and drummer Nick Menza] wasn’t the most important lineup anyways. The lineup that we have right now has achieved more than those guys ever did. If you think about it, the groundwork, the building the band back up from nothing… Marty and Nick got in the band when the band was already huge,” the frontman said.
You can listen to Mustaine’s full chat with Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas radio station 97.1 The Eagle Rocks, here.
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