Mustaine reveals more details of hoped-for collab with Hetfield and Ulrich and explains “disappointing” thoughts during first Big 4 jam
Dave Mustaine says his hoped-for collaboration with former bandmates from Metallica will probably be a charity project – but isn’t likely to be a long-term band commitment.
The Megadeth mainman, who was fired from Metallica in 1983, recently revealed he’d asked James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich to tie up with him and his bassist David Ellefson. And although the idea hasn’t been actioned, no one has refused to consider it.
Now Mustaine tells The Phoenix: “Metallica was my band and Megadeth was the next logical step. But if an opportunity came for us to play again…
“I think James and I and Lars and David should do a record together and see what happens. Not as a band or anything like that, but something to donate the money to charity.
“We’re all getting a lot older now and just the fact we’re talking is a great start. Playing together is even better – the idea of us doing something could be just too much for my little brain to handle and it might just explode.
“Lars just asked me if he could run an idea past me about something. When I answered the phone he said, ‘Hey, it’s your old drummer,’ and that brought a smile to my face.”
Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax will gather in New York next month for the final scheduled Big 4 show, over a year after their first appearance in Bulgaria.
Asked about his thoughts when the members of all four acts gathered for the encore, Mustaine says: “You’ll be disappointed with my answer, to tell you the truth. The thing going through my mind was, ‘Damn, James’ mic is high’.
“I had to sing and I usually sing with my legs spread a little wide, just for posture. But I had to stand straight because James is a little taller than I am and the mic stand was fixed, so I couldn’t position it for myself.
“So that’s what I was thinking. It’s been good for metal on a lot of different levels and a lot of different avenues.”
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