Dave Mustaine says he's not one to show off his guitar skills on stage - and claims to be like a church mouse compared to other players, Blabbermouth reports.
When asked by the Daily Hearld if it was difficult to write new music after 30 years and 14 records, Mustaine said:
"I have a pretty good relationship with the source for where my gift came from, and I don't think it's my doing. I'm not one of these cocky guitar players. I was at a festival a few days ago and there's this one guy - I won't say who he is - but, man, he makes me look like a church mouse. And I was just thinking, 'God, I wonder if people think that about me.' It just really makes you respect where you came from and where you're going."
In the same interview, Mustaine dampened expectations that he and former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted might play Metallica songs on the forthcoming Gigantour.
"I would love to play with Jason, but I think we've got to remember there's David Ellefson we've got to consider. It really is kind of up to how Jason and Dave are getting along.
"I've never played with Jason before. We've only toured together, and it was when he was in Flotsam and Jetsam - even back before he was in Metallica. We had a great time. He's super vibrant and energetic. I just love him, and I think Gigantour is going to be the bomb this year."
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