Dave Mustaine Insists He Was Metallica’s Leader

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine recently attended an interview with Louder Sound and made statements about his former band Metallica.

In 1981, Dave Mustaine quit Panic to join Metallica as their lead guitarist. Even though Dave’s journey with Metallica started well and he got along with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, his tenure didn’t last long. As band members revealed multiple times later, due to his drinking problem, aggressive attitude, and conflicts with founding members Lars and James, the band parted ways with him. 

Shortly after guitarist Dave Mustaine was fired from Metallica, he founded Megadeth with the bassist David Ellefson. They released their debut album ‘Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good,’ claimed one of the spots of the ‘big four,’ and played an important role in the history of thrash metal, along with Metallica.  

Occasionally, Mustaine has made statements about his former band. Several people have engaged in the discussion between Metallica and Dave, including the band’s former member Ron McGovney, and others from the rock scene, like Brian Slagel. The discussions about the guitarist’s dismissal and the dynamics within Metallica never seem to end.

In a recent interview, Dave once again made bold statements about Metallica. When the interviewer described Hetfield and Ulrich as alpha males, the guitarist replied by saying that he was the real alpha of the band. The guitarist claimed that they asked him to do ‘everything,’ so he had to talk to the promoters, collect the money, and fight the band’s whole ‘battle’ himself.

Dave’s response to the interviewer‘s description of James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich as alpha males:

“Oh no. I am clearly the alpha male between the three of us. Why did I have to do everything when I was in the band? Why did they always ask me talk to the promoters and collect the cash? Why was I the one who had to do the fighting? Why did I have to talk in between songs?”

The guitarist has been performing across the States as part of the Killing Road tour with Megadeth. They will be performing in different cities in the USA throughout September. They’re promoting ‘The Sick, the Dying… and the Dead!’ which hit the shelves on September 2.