“Everyone laughs at the battery”
Dave Mustaine has confirmed his recent comments about wanting to do something new with James Hetfield from Metallic.
Last week, the Megadeth frontman has revealed he and Hetfield have been planning a new ‘project’ together for the past decadebut that this one had been derailed because of a Metallica copyright dispute.
In a new interview with song factsMustaine followed up on last week’s comments by dwelling on the specifics of this dispute. He also reaffirmed that he would like to collaborate with Hetfield again (but not really with drummer Lars Ulrich).
Speaking of his last conversation with Hetfield, Mustaine said: “Last time we spoke, it didn’t end well because of our memories of some things that happened when I was in the band. I remember it one way and he says it happened another way. But it’s about someone else – it’s not even about him. He addresses me in the name of ‘you know who’ [Lars Ulrich].”
“They wanted to re-release No Life ‘Til Leather – 27 songs, with the posters, flyers, photos, everything. I said I’d love to do this thing, and James said, ‘Look, we screwed up. The last three things we did failed catastrophically. He told me about Lulu [collaboration de Metallica avec Lou Reed en 2011]of a thing called Orion [le festival Orion Music + More de Metallica]and another thing… I think it was a fan movie or something [le film Metallica : Through The Never de 2013]. I do not know. I do not consider these projects as failures.”
“Anyway, I said, ‘Yes, I would be interested. And he said, ‘We would like everything to be in order in terms of paperwork, editing and all that. And I said, ‘Good’. Because part of the reason we couldn’t really reconcile is because when I left there were songs that I didn’t want them to record, and they recorded them. , without giving me my piece of the pie.”
“James and I wrote Metal Militia and Phantom Lord – every note. And for some unknown reason, on the album [Kill ‘Em All]it is written that Lars is entitled to 10%. And on Metal Militia, Kirk [Hammett] also receives a part, when he was not even in the group [au moment où la chanson a été écrite].”
“I ended up accepting it, and when he said, ‘We would like to do this well’, I said, ‘Great’. And when I said, ‘That’s the reality of what happened,’ he said, ‘No. It was like that. And I thought: ‘It was already not very cool the first time, so why would I want to voluntarily engage in something like this? [à nouveau] ?’. Well, I don’t know. So that’s where we are now.”
He added : “I would love to work with James again. I’d love to work with Lars again too, but I think Metallica’s real strength has always been the guitar – everyone doesn’t care about the drums.”
“Lars is a very good arranger of songs. And believe it or not, I saw him write the opening riff for Master Of Puppets on shitty acoustic guitar. The guy didn’t even know how to play the guitar and he was doing [descentes chromatiques] on the handle. But in the end, it was the way James played it that made it breathtaking.”
In the same interview, Mustaine indicated that he would like the Big 4 of Thrash Metal do something special soon.
He explained : “I really think it’s time for the guys at Metallica to step up, and we do one last tour, see if we can get Killer of his retirement and set up an event where the ‘Big 4 passes the torch’ to the new Big 4. Who these groups are remains to be seen, but I think it will be some of the artists that I mentioned earlier [Arch Enemy, Lamb Of God et Trivium].”