The U.K.’s Terrorizer magazine made an interview with MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine conducted by Jenn Selby. An excerpt from the chat follows.
Terrorizer: Is [MEGADETH’s new album] “Endgame” better than [METALLICA’s latest CD] “Death Magnetic”?
Mustaine: “To me, one sounds like a record and the other sounds like a jam. Plus we have two lead guitar players. In METALLICA you’ve got one [referring to Kirk Hammett. — Ed], and he ripped me off anyway.
“I was just speaking to Lars [Ulrich, METALLICA drummer] about the [Rock And Roll] Hall Of Fame thing [Mustaine was invited to attend METALLICA’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction in April, but didn’t get inducted along with his former bandmates. — Ed.], and I said, ‘You know what?! I don’t give a fuck about you anymore.’
“I used to have this thing that I was secretly pining over one day, getting up there and playing with them again. And I’m thinking, what song would I play? And how could I even stand it?
“I like playing with guys who can keep time.
“I’ve heard people say that some of the best METALLICA songs they ever heard was when the guy from SLIPKNOT was playing the drums.” (SLIPKNOT’s Joey Jordison famously sat in for Ulrich when the METALLICA drummer fell ill and could not make it to U.K.’s Download festival in the summer of 2004.)
Mustaine was a member of METALLICA for around 11 months before being dismissed in 1983 and replaced by Hammett. He did not play on any METALLICA albums and did not attend their induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame earlier this year.
Mustaine went on to form MEGADETH. The band’s 12th studio album, “Endgame”, was released in September.