James Hetfield might have made peace with Megadeth's Dave Mustaine - but wishes his ex-bandmate would stop talking about a collaboration between their bands.
Mustaine had been calling on fans to pressure members of Metallica to form a thrash metal supergroup, but Hetfield is keen to dampen any speculation that it might really happen.
"I think especially with Dave, with all of his struggles, I see him healthier now. I see him as less of a bitter guy
," Hetfield told Classic Rock
"But I do see a lot of stuff in the press with him talking about jamming with us and making an album. All this other crazy stuff
"I read it and say to myself, "Hold on. This is the Dave that we kind of wanted to forget about. You know, the big mouth that wants to just go-go-go."
Hetfield is careful to defend Mustaine's behavior, even if claims of a potential collaboration are unwarranted: "There is an authenticity about him when he speak. He doesn’t think too much before he does. He just goes off the cuff. Plus, when he says stuff like that, it’s well-intended."
Meanwhile, Metallica are roaring ahead with their next album. The latest surprise is that the band have chosen Rick Rubin as producer, despite widespread complaints about his production on their previous record "Death Magnetic".
"Rick is not a one-trick pony," said Lars Ulrich (via Ultimate Classic Rock). "He builds a particular ease around whatever your task is. Whatever we want to do with the next record, he’ll help us with that."
Maybe Rubin builds ease by not being in the studio, if you believe a rant from Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor last year.
Taylor claimed that Rubin was only present in the studio for 45 minutes a week while they recorded "Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses", and branded him as overrated and overpaid. Regardless, Rubin continues to produce hit albums including Adele's record-breaking album "21".
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