Dave Mustaine On His Love-Hate Relationship With James Hetfield

Megadeth’s frontman Dave Mustaine recently sat down for an interview with Revolver to answer fan questions and revealed his feelings about his former bandmate, James Hetfield. 

Dave Mustaine’s dismissal from Metallica in 1983 is one of the most well-known and debated events in metal history. Many rumors were circulating about Dave’s controversial expulsion from the band, including his drug addiction and personal conflicts with Hetfield and Ulrich. The latter was one of the more discussed ones, especially the accusation that James Hetfield kicked Dave’s dog.

One day, Mustaine took his dog to rehearsal, and the dog scratched Ron McGovney’s car. James Hetfield, over-reacting, kicked the dog, and Dave responded by hitting his bandmate in the face. He didn’t get on very well with his bandmates anyway, and that incident became the last straw and the reason for a long-lasting animosity between the two.

In a recent interview with Revolver, Mustaine spoke about this incident, and it seems like Mustaine regretted his reaction. Saying that it was ‘stupid’ for him to take his dog to a rehearsal and hit his bandmate, Mustaine implied that he could not undo the event. He stated that he genuinely respects Hetfield, not for his role in Metallica but his personality.

During the same conversation, he stated that the two have a love-hate relationship. The frontman also revealed that he felt sorry for James, referring to the video circulated on social media last spring. He also added that he really likes his bandmates in Metallica, and that’s why he can’t simply brush them off.

The Megadeth icon’s words on his relationship with Papa Het:

“I saw the thing with James on stage where he was saying that he was going through a rough patch. I was sad to see that because it’s been one of those really weird love-hate relationships. And the whole reason that I ever even pursued any of this was I really liked those guys. If I didn’t like them, I would just say, ‘F*cking flush the toilet and be done with it.’

He’s always been somebody that I really liked playing with. I wished things wouldn’t have ended the way that they did. But que sera, sera. It was a dumb thing that I did by taking my dog up to practice, and it was even dumber to punch him. I really respect him, and I respect his playing. And I hope he knows that there are a lot of people out there, like me, that like him as a person and don’t give two f*cks about him being in Metallica.”

Dave Mustaine’s feelings for Metallica seem complicated. Recently, he made a statement that rekindled the controversy by saying he was the true frontman of Metallica. At the same time, he sent a message of support to James and expressed his regret, as seen in this interview. The love-hate relationship between the two really seems to continue like this.

You can watch the rest of the interview on Youtube below.