Responding to negative remarks Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine has made about Metallica lately — Mustaine even stating that drummer Lars Ulrich was close to being fired in 1986 — James Hetfield said this on Dallas Radio:
“… you’ve gotta laugh at it. . . Well, you’ve gotta go big picture with this stuff. It’s sooo odd to me… This is soooo… It is very Dave, and that’s him. And no matter what band he was in or whatever… I mean, Dave is not in this band for a reason, and this is the reason. It’s super-simple. He was in the band for 11 months and it goes on and on and on and on and on. I don’t know any other band on this planet that there was a member in the band for a short amount of time and they’ve still got this big chip on his shoulder. It’s insane! . . . You know what?! He’s in love, and that’s fine, ’cause we love him back.”
And on why Mustaine was not included into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame with Metallica (like Jason Newsted and Cliff Burton were):
“He’s not inducted because he’s not on any records; that’s one of the Hall of Fame deals. . . The Rock and Roll (Hall) Of Fame is what it is. I think it’s 25 years after your first record, you are eligible, so whoever’s played on records is eligible.”
Hetfield makes good points on both. It”s easy to forget that Mustaine was in Metallica for such a short period of time. That does drive Hetfield’s point home. However, Mustaine was crucial back then as far as the initial success with songwriting and creativity.
The bottom line is that Mustaine does need to let go. For his own sake. How many times does it need to be said?