Dave Mustaine Regrets Beating James Hetfield in Early Metallica Days

Megadeth bandmaster Dave Mustaine recently expressed regret for stroke Metallica‘s James Hetfield back in the band’s early days when Mustaine was a member of Metallica.

That’s what he said Revolver in a new video answering Megadeth fan questions on Wednesday (September 21). Guitarist Kirk Hammett replaced Mustaine in Metallica in 1983.

And while the story of Mustaine’s Metallica exit has been told many times over the years, the Megadeth king still thoughtfully invoked the era when asked about it.

Watch the video at the bottom of this post.

“Hetfield is still one of my favorite guitar players,” Mustaine told Revolver before referencing a recent fan-captured video of Hetfield gets emotional on stage with Metallica in May.

“I saw that with James,” he adds. “He said that he went through a rough time. I was sad to see it because it’s been one of those really weird love-hate relationships.”

Mustaine continues, “I really liked those guys. If I didn’t like them, I’d just say, you know, fuck it, flush the toilet and be done with it. He’s always been somebody that I really liked to play with. I wish things wouldn’t have ended the way they did.”

Looking back, the Megadeth rocker adds: “Bringing my dog ​​to practice was a stupid thing to do, and hitting him was even stupider. I really respect him and I respect his game. And I hope he knows there are a lot of people out there, like me, who like him as a person and don’t give a damn about him being in Metallica.”

Mustaine has previously discussed to bring his dogs to early Metallica rehearsals, much to the chagrin of other band members. And he has shown that similar remorse for the great battle. But earlier this month the Mega Man insisted he was “Alpha male” of Metallica’s founding figureheads.

Meanwhile, Megadeth have just released their 16th album, The sick, the dying… and the dead! In July, a Metallica song at Netflix Stranger Things gave Hetfield’s group one mainstream increased popularity.

As for touring, Metallica has recently finished the majority of theirs 2022 tour dates. They want to play Global Citizen Festival and Helping hands concert to end the year. Get Metallica tickets here. Megadeth is currently touring throughout North America with Five Finger Death Punch. Get Megadeth tickets here.

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