Mustaine had said somewhere something about him starting some supergroup with Dave Ellefson, Hetfield, and Lars “The Hater” Ulrich.
“Yeah, that was just me talking. I don’t think [James and Lars are] interested in doing that. It would be cool, and I’ve mentioned it to them before. I just think that they’re so busy that they don’t have time to do something like that.”
He continued: “Don’t kid yourself, if we got together and played, I imagine it would be really cool. It wouldn’t be anything like Megadeth, of course, and it wouldn’t be anything like Metallica. But we’ll see what happens. Maybe with enough people asking them, they’ll buckle.”
Hetfield says in a new interview that Dave Mustaine smokes rock. I’m summing it up, but basically, that’s what I took from it.
“We learned a lot from the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame about maturity and grace, as far as previous members and things like that — especially after watching other bands get up there and bicker about stupid things,” says Hetfield.
“They didn’t get the big picture. Excuse me, but there’s a lot of people out there that enjoyed that lineup, or a lot of people grew up with that lineup, and why are you not celebrating that? Why are you not embracing that as part of your history? And it’s sad and it’s selfish. And because we were able to have Dave onstage [at the Fillmore] and Jason [Newsted, former Metallica bassist] and Bob [Rock, former Metallica producer] and all these other people that were part of our history, we were able to rise above the bickering and celebrate it.”
Added James: “I think especially with Dave, with all of his struggles. I see him healthier now. I see him as less of a bitter guy. But I do see a lot of stuff in the press with him talking about jamming with us and making an album. All this other crazy stuff. I read it 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.’ But there is an authenticity about him when he speaks. He doesn’t think too much before he does. He just goes off the cuff. Plus, when he says stuff like that, it’s well-intended.”
Mustaine has since responded to James’ comments, apologizing for being such a lame-ass.
He tells Artisan News: “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. I like James and I thought what he said was flattering, and then it kind of went the opposite way, and then it kind of came back again. And you know, that’s OK. 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. 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 didn’t stop there: “The thing is that I probably shouldn’t have said stuff like that, ’cause, I guess, to some people, they may think that I’m trying to use that as a way to get publicity, so I can see where there would be some feelings about it, and that wasn’t my intention.”