Mustaine Apologises To Metallica

After James Hetfield called him a "big mouth" for talking up the prospect of a Metallica/Megadeth supergroup Mustaine has backed down.

Mustaine Apologises To Metallica
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Dave Mustaine has apologised to Metallica frontman James Hetfield for his calls to form a supergroup between their bands. In February, the Megadeth frontman asked metal fans to pester his former Metallica bandmates into signing up to the idea. "Maybe with enough people asking them, they'll buckle!" he said at the time. Hetfield was disappointed to see this kind of talk - especially after the pair made their peace and performed together at Metallica's 30th anniversary celebrations. "I read [the supergroup comments] 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," said Hetfield. Now Mustaine has returned with a lengthy apology: "I already sent [James] a text message and said I apologized to him for saying that and that I won't ever mention it again," he told Artisan News (via Blabbermouth). "I guess my whole thing was I just wanted them to know that I loved them and that I missed them and I enjoyed playing with them [at Metallica's 30th anniversary performances]. If that's not mutual, then I understand. I still respect him, and I still care about the guy. "If he doesn't wanna play [with me] anymore, that's cool. If he doesn't like the idea of what I said, that's OK, too. It wasn't like I said it was gonna happen, it was something that I kind of wished would happen. But you know, it's OK now, since it doesn't seem like it's gonna happen. And you know what?! It's off my bucket list." Mustaine accepts that some people might think he was using their relationship to get publicity, but insists this wasn't his intention. Meanwhile, Megadeth plans to play its double-platinum 1992 album "Countdown To Extinction" in its entirety in Mexico on September 19. Bassist David Ellefson remembers why the album was so special to metal fans: "It brought together the best of thrash, the melodic part, writing big, hooky riffs," he said. "It was a really cool time when the four of us were really, probably, our most connected together as a band." Are you disappointed that a Megadeth/Metallica supergroup won't happen, or did you cringe every time Mustaine mentioned it?

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    KingNothing666
    I kind of feel sorry for Dave reading this, he actually seems like a nice guy eventhough he does say some pretty outrageous things at times. All he was doing was asking some old friends to play together.
    soilworker3
    I think it would have been pretty sweet for them to do this. Heck at least one song. It doesn't have to be a full blown project.
    emeryd1
    Surely a couple of shows wouldn't hurt? Could relive the garage days and play cover songs old metallica and megadeth. Loads of possibilities if they did something together. I would pay just to see them jam on stage just for a couple of minutes.
    Minivirus2
    Just keep doing what you're doing Dave. You don't need some 'past their prime' musicians, living in 1983(?) anyways. Too bad they can't see this as Dave wanting to reconnect and make music with old friends, rather than as the old band member who had some issues 30 odd years ago.
    iommi600
    People mixes his political/religious views with his person. He's actually a great person, and like James even said, "way less bitter than in the past".
    Abacus11
    I'm impressed... Dave Mustaine being humble? It takes way bigger balls to be humble than to be the a**hole he's been for years now. Good for you.
    rip3149
    Dave's new song called Supergroup Sells" - "What do you mean I can't form a supergroup with Metallica and Megadeth; I've been in both bands haven't I?"
    slipknot836
    Mikethespud wrote: I think Dave is great, but it seems like he's just looking for sympathy here
    He's not looking for sympathy, he's just explaining what happened to the people that wanted to know.
    guitaraddict44
    So let me get this straight... Some old guy approaches them by the name of Lou Reed and asks Metallica to collaborate, Hetfield says yes. An old friend who JUST SO HAPPENS to be in the Big Four alongside Metallica asks to collaborate and he gets turned down? WTF
    ugmindfreak
    James had always been against side projects like this... remember Jason? If james said ok to this, it would be very hypercritical. Jason cant but I can.
    p_a_morgan
    I don't care if the man has a lot of haters...namely, the ones on this website...I like Dave...always have. Metallica will go down in history as the band that wrote 'Enter Sandman,' while Dave will go down as the guy kicked from that band, but kept going and made his way to the top, rivaling that of the guys that did him wrong.
    Metal_Militia15
    "I already sent [James] a text message"
    "Hi James lol its dave sry bout askin for a band n stuff. ill stop, but if u evr wanna be in my band, or if kirk levaes or somethin then can u do it? pls" "Helo?" "Pls"
    Rattlehead2
    I am really surprised by Mustaine's calm reaction, I thought that the truce was over. Now I think Hetfield should apologise to him for apparently having a bigger mouth than Mustaine in the previous news.
    ProPoop
    Mustaine shouldn't even waste his time w/Metallica! Megadeth was by far the superior band on the Big Four Tour. Metallica can't keep pace with their own music anymore! Megadeth was cleaner, tighter and heavier than Metallica!!! Metallica should be begging Dave to join forces, it would make Metallica relevant again!! .....and P.S. I like all 4 of those bands
    metallica-#1
    rip3149 wrote: Dave's new song called Supergroup Sells" - "What do you mean I can't form a supergroup with Metallica and Megadeth; I've been in both bands haven't I?"
    "if there's a new band, I wanna be first in line, But James said 'not this time' "
    jordo246
    So making an extremely bad record with Lou Reed is okay but doing a few songs with Mustaine is no? Get it together Hetfield.
    gipsyblade
    So they would rather team up with Lou Reed and come up with "Lulu" than team up with Mustaine, whose riffs they used up until "Ride The Lightning"? Shaking my head here.
    Abzzz
    He's been obsessed a little bit, with that supergroup - thats a fact, but i still thin that was not a bad idea. at least one song, like someone above me mention, i would be better desicion than Lulu.
    ali.guitarkid7
    I just read the other article about a Metallica member (Lars). Those guys seem really pretentious, with a srs case of USI. Dave says a lot of annoying shit, but I feel really bad for him. He just wants to play with old friends, apparently.
    Superperfex
    Maestro1600 wrote: guitaraddict44 wrote: So let me get this straight... Some old guy approaches them by the name of Lou Reed and asks Metallica to collaborate, Hetfield says yes. An old friend who JUST SO HAPPENS to be in the Big Four alongside Metallica asks to collaborate and he gets turned down? WTF Yes, that's exactly right. Metallica can decide what they want to do, how they want to use their time, and who they want to work with. Whether you like it or not, they're happy with Lulu (and surely that's the most important thing for any artist working in any medium?), which vindicates their decision.
    That's a low blow. Dave just wants everything to be cool again and for them to be adults about this. James not wanting to do something with one of his oldest friends is an insult to him, and probably hurts Dave a lot. Regardless of the differences they've had in the past, he still cares about Metallica and the guys.
    Oxyacetylene
    I honestly think both Lars and James are somewhat afraid of being outplayed by this guy. If you join all them on stage, I seriously doubt that Lars & James will be up to the challenge of playing metal alongside Dave & David... ...and besides, they would just want to play some alt-rock and Dave would never handle that.
    Maestro1600
    badbrad wrote: can f'ing ug learn to spell "APOLOGIZE"?
    British spelling vs US spelling. Both perfectly acceptable. Now climb down off that high horse.
    leony03
    I like all 4 bands and their members (mostly) but do we really need to hear about EVERYTHING they talk about? has UG turned into a sub-magazine of Hello! or something?
    Muttonjoint
    It might've been cool if it had happened, but in my opinion Dave Mustaine is too good of a musician to play with Metallica.
    samhainkiller78
    i am a big metallica fan but even i got to call bullshit. they can make a shitty lulu album with lou reed someone they just met at the rnrhof. but they can't do an album with someone they been friends with 4 30 years. the only thing i dont agree with is dave telling the fans to bug them until they fold i think thats what james got up set about.
    Salvo416
    Metal_Militia15 wrote: "I already sent [James] a text message" "Hi James lol its dave sry bout askin for a band n stuff. ill stop, but if u evr wanna be in my band, or if kirk levaes or somethin then can u do it? pls" "Helo?" "Pls"
    No means No! LOL! kthxbai g2g! -James
    Sparda93
    Dave could have gotten Metallica some honour and integrity back from their failure with Lou Reed
    Viktor(88)
    James also has some sh!t up his sleeves, too. He was the reason Jason quit and almost puts Metallica down from his alcoholism. Can't see why he says that about Dave. I'm a big Metallica fan but that was just low.
    Mouloudo
    lol he sounds like a girl broke his heart... poor dude. " I love them but that's not mutual"... I dont know what to think, on a hand I find Hetfield kinda phony on that one calling this supergroup idea " crazy" while he finds perfectly normal to do a crapy album with lou reed. On another hand, it wasn't very smart from mustaine to " blackmail" Hetfield by using the press and the fans as a lever to make this happen, rather than keep it private between them 4, and only talk about it publicly when it was ok for every one to do it...
    Vic Magnetic
    Northernmight wrote: Man, this guy is just a mess.
    And you're not!? Check your own baggage rockstar!
    SkepsisMetal
    lars17 wrote: *apologizes
    Nope. I don't like Dave, personally or musically. However at least he knows how to back down before it actually causes shit. Unlike Nugent who just makes excuses then carries on being a ****. I think James Hetfield is the big disappointment in this scenario. I much prefer Metallica as a band, and probably wouldn't care for a supergroup but I'm most likely a minority. They'd please a lot more people just sucking it up and making some music.
    cnc4c34
    It's amazing how Ultimate Gossip can put negative spin on certain bands or musicians and some of you buy right into it. They got you idiots coming and going.
    Cazman
    Why don't you just get it over with and finally fuse with Blabbermouth, UG?
    jangafett
    Yes Dave please shut up! Metallica are artist now...They have recorded with None other that Lou Reed! And Lars is a Bona fide movie star! They don't have time for trivial little Metal songs with you anymore Sorry.
    Maestro1600
    Superperfex wrote: Maestro1600 wrote: guitaraddict44 wrote: So let me get this straight... Some old guy approaches them by the name of Lou Reed and asks Metallica to collaborate, Hetfield says yes. An old friend who JUST SO HAPPENS to be in the Big Four alongside Metallica asks to collaborate and he gets turned down? WTF Yes, that's exactly right. Metallica can decide what they want to do, how they want to use their time, and who they want to work with. Whether you like it or not, they're happy with Lulu (and surely that's the most important thing for any artist working in any medium?), which vindicates their decision. That's a low blow. Dave just wants everything to be cool again and for them to be adults about this. James not wanting to do something with one of his oldest friends is an insult to him, and probably hurts Dave a lot. Regardless of the differences they've had in the past, he still cares about Metallica and the guys.
    And Metallica still care about Dave. They just don't want to have half of them in a band with him while the other half sit around and wait to be Metallica again. It's not an insult at all. You don't have to do everything your friends want to do.
    99deadballons
    headbanger32594 wrote: I cringe at the fact that Mustaine still wants to play with Metallica.
    Keyword there is "with", not "in". I think if this was to happen then we'd hear Metallica play at their best since Justice