Dave Mustaine Says It Was 'Very Cathartic' To Perform With Metallica

Ex-Metallica guitarist and current Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine joined his former bandmates on stage this past Saturday night (December 10).

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According to Blabbermouth.net, ex-Metallica guitarist and current Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine joined his former bandmates on stage this past Saturday night (December 10) for the fourth and final intimate show at the Fillmore in San Francisco as part of Metallica's week-long celebration of its 30th anniversary as a band for fan club members only. When asked by Music Radar if it "felt nice to have mended all fences with" Metallica, Mustaine said, "You know, there's still going to be some dumb fucker who says to me, 'So, do you guys get along?' [laughs] I just know it. The world is full of idiots, and I seem to run into a lot of them. It does feel good, though. "It was very cathartic to go up there last weekend. I was pretty unsure of what was going to happen. I wasn't nervous; I just didn't know what to expect. Those guys are a lot different from Megadeth. We like to know what songs we're going to do. They play pretty loose from the hip - which is cool. "I was trying to figure out, 'Do I learn the demo versions of the [Metallica] songs or the 'Kill 'Em All' versions of the songs?' Well, I found out it was the 'Kill 'Em All' versions. OK, 'Do I learn my solos from the demos, or Kirk's [Hammett] solos? What solos should I play?' Then, when I got there, Kirk said, 'You know, why don't you play all the solos?' And I was like, 'Oooh!' [laughs] I had to quickly go through my bag of tricks. In the end, I got up on stage, and everything came together. I was making it much too difficult for myself. "It was fun, I had a good time, everybody smiled a lot. Gave out a bunch of high-five knuckles and hugs. Lars [Ulrich, Metallica drummer] kissed me a couple of times...[laughs] "It's neat that people are able to see what this whole thing is about. "The media made this so ugly for so long. "We all still really care about each other. "Everything has come full circle. It's 30 years later, and here we are. It's really weird, the whole mythology to this." Mustaine, who was one of the original members of Metallica, was fired from the band by drummer Lars Ulrich in 1983. He was replaced by Kirk Hammett and went on to form Megadeth and achieve worldwide success on his own. In an interview with Revolver magazine conducted earlier this year, Mustaine was asked what he remembers about writing music with Metallica while he was in the group. "I had always called us, as a group, the 'Four Horsemen'," he said. "Before I was in Metallica, I really loved this band called Montrose, and their guitarist was Ronnie Montrose. He went on to form a band called Gamma. One of their records [1980's 'Gamma 2'] had a shark fin cutting through the grass, which I thought was so awesome. Anyway, he had a song on there called 'Four Horsemen' that I did with my band Panic, which I was with before Metallica. So when I joined Metallica, I had the song 'Mechanix', which I wrote, and 'Four Horsemen' was a suggestion of mine to do 'cause we were doing cover songs. So that had planted the seed with James [Hetfield, Metallica frontman]. And one day when we were coming to rehearsal, Lars had just said something about slowing down my song, 'Mechanix'. I had just gotten to the studio with Cliff [Burton, Metallica bassist], and we had been listening to Lynyrd Skynyrd, and I was being a jerk, so I played 'Sweet Home Alabama' instead of 'Mechanix', and that's basically the middle part of what would become Metallica's 'The Four Horsemen'." Regarding what his favorite Metallica song is, Mustaine said, "I had to do a lot of coming to terms with myself in order to listen to Metallica. Before, whenever I heard them, it triggered me in my mind to get up on my soapbox and spit out complaints of what had happened to me. And then once I finally realized, 'Dave, you're lucky, you're blessed, you're in a great band, you're in another great band.' I finally just said, 'You're missing it.' "And I remember hearing this song when I was talking to Lars once and telling him this is my favorite song off the 'Black Record'. And he goes, 'Really? F--k, man.' It was 'The Unforgiven'. I liked it because I thought this was really the first time I've ever really heard James [Hetfield] sing. He had sung before, and he was a great singer. But that was the first time I ever heard him really, really sing."

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    AnnihilationUK
    I've been seeing this for the past week now and it still makes me smile!! YASSS. Hope this comes out on DVD or something. I'd even be happy with a bootleg.
    captainperoxide
    Wisthekiller wrote: Why aren't James and Kirk playing guitars from ESP? You'd think the sponsorship means they'd have to.
    Um...no. No it doesn't. Just because they're sponsored by ESP, that doesn't mean the only guitars they can play are ESP guitars. James pulls out his Explorers and that white V all the time.
    metallica-#1
    Mustaine, who was one of the original members of Metallica, was fired from the band by drummer Lars Ulrich in 1983
    woah there, c*nt, the firing of Dave was a group effort, i believe they were all standing over Dave with the bus ticket when he woke up, stop feeding the Lars trolls
    James_Het_Rules
    I'll admit. When I saw this. I got a hard on. I've always been a huge fan of both bands, and it was so amazing to see everything get mended and have Mustaine get back up on that stage, and McGovney later as well. Great day in music, IMO.
    smittyanthrax
    AnnihilationUK wrote: smittyanthrax wrote: AnnihilationUK wrote: I've been seeing this for the past week now and it still makes me smile!! YASSS. Hope this comes out on DVD or something. I'd even be happy with a bootleg.Seeing your a glaswegian go to the barras they will have a bootleg.Im sure you will know where im coming from. Haha aye, that's a good shout! wouldn't be found dead in the Barras but. Well actually.. if I did go I probably would be found dead in the Barras
    Hahaha yeah i know what you mean.Its a bit rough.I think i saw tam "the licensee" McGraw there years ago but you know the barras get you films before the scripts even been finalised.
    smittyanthrax
    AnnihilationUK wrote: I've been seeing this for the past week now and it still makes me smile!! YASSS. Hope this comes out on DVD or something. I'd even be happy with a bootleg.
    Seeing your a glaswegian go to the barras they will have a bootleg.Im sure you will know where im coming from.
    darkwolf291
    captainperoxide wrote: Wisthekiller wrote: Why aren't James and Kirk playing guitars from ESP? You'd think the sponsorship means they'd have to. Um...no. No it doesn't. Just because they're sponsored by ESP, that doesn't mean the only guitars they can play are ESP guitars. James pulls out his Explorers and that white V all the time.
    To be fair, almost every Explorer he owns is a lawsuit ESP Explorer.
    epicold
    why is it that there are like 3 other bands besides Metallica and Megadeth or something, and these two are the ONLY one cares about and talks about. Every time its "dave mustaine plays with metallica" and crap like that...riddle me this, why then wont they play a Megadeth song, theres only so much of 30 years worth of OLD forgotten crap i'd listen to.
    jordo246
    metallica-#1 wrote: Mustaine, who was one of the original members of Metallica, was fired from the band by drummer Lars Ulrich in 1983 woah there, c*nt, the firing of Dave was a group effort, i believe they were all standing over Dave with the bus ticket when he woke up, stop feeding the Lars trolls
    It was a group decision but Lars was the one who said it to him while James and Cliff stood in the corner, read Mustaines book.
    clay005
    whos that dread gay singing seek and destroy and didnt know the lyrics?
    Wisthekiller
    Why aren't James and Kirk playing guitars from ESP? You'd think the sponsorship means they'd have to.
    District
    Dave Mustaine said: everybody smiled a lot
    Oh my... what a cheesy little kid. Still, nice to see he's so happy they are friends.
    AnnihilationUK
    smittyanthrax wrote: AnnihilationUK wrote: I've been seeing this for the past week now and it still makes me smile!! YASSS. Hope this comes out on DVD or something. I'd even be happy with a bootleg.Seeing your a glaswegian go to the barras they will have a bootleg.Im sure you will know where im coming from.
    Haha aye, that's a good shout! wouldn't be found dead in the Barras but. Well actually.. if I did go I probably would be found dead in the Barras