Megadeth Dave to “keep hammering” for collab – and reveals promoters wanted Heaven and Hell on original Big 4 bill
Dave Mustaine is trying to set up a supergroup with former Metallica bandmates James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich – and Hetfield may be considering the move.
Relations between the Megadeth mainman and the band who fired him in 1983 have never been better, and Mustaine says he’d love to put their musical forces together in a collaborative project.
And he’s vowed he’ll keep working on the Metallica frontman in the hope of persuading him to join in with him, Ulrich and Megadeth bassist David Ellefson.
Mustaine tells Texas radio station The Eagle Rocks: “I’ve talked to Lars and James about me and David doing a supergroup record with them.
“Well, James never said ‘no’ – it’s still kind of out there in the air. I’m going to keep hammering on him.
“That and a third Big 4 show in the USA would be the last things on my list to do.”
Mustaine says there’s now almost no chance of a fully-fledged tour starring Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax. But he reveals there were teething problems when the idea of putting the Big 4 was first tabled – which led him to refuse to join in.
He explains: “There were a couple of false starts. At first I said no; I didn’t think it was going to be cool for Metallica to play in the middle of a stadium and us all to play around them.
“Then there were some other people going to be on the bill, besides the Big 4. The promoters didn’t recognise the power of the four of us, so they had things like Heaven and Hell on it.
“It was going to be Anthrax, us, Slayer, Heaven and Hell then Metallica.God bless them, and rest in peace Ronnie James Dio – but they’re not the Big 4. Pardon my French but fuck that.”
Recently bassist Ellefson said Megadeth were in a strong position due to the yin-yang nature of the pair’s relationship. Now Mustaine agrees: “One of the good things about having David here right now is, he a pastor of his church and an elder.
“He’s good at some areas where I’ll be too heavy-handed. He’ll be like, ‘Come on, the guy’s trying to work hard for you; he’s doing his best.’ And I’ll be like, ‘Oh crap – okay.’”