Dave Mustaine Says Kirk Hammett Got His Royalties For Metallica’s ‘Metal Militia’ For Many Years


Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine recently appeared in the podcast of ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’ and recalled his Metallica times. Mustaine revealed that his royalties for the song ‘Metal Militia’ were taken by Kirk Hammett for a long time.

Following the disbandment of his first band, Panic, in 1981, Dave Mustaine went to the Metallica audition to fill the space for lead guitar. He initially met James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, asking for an audition. However, the pair immediately gave Mustain the job without rehearsals and celebrated it there.

He began to record with the band for the 1983 debut album ‘Kill ‘Em All’ and contributed as a co-writer and lead guitarist. However, his career with Metallica did not last long due to the arguments between him and the other members. The first dispute happened between him and Hetfield when Mustaine brought his dog to the rehearsals. Papa Het got angry after the dog started to damage things in the studio and allegedly kicked it.

Mustaine was fired following a verbal and physical quarrel between the two. Although he joined the band the next day, this time, his argument with Ron McGovney became the final straw. The members were particularly troubled by the guitarist’s excessive alcohol and drug consumption and didn’t believe they could continue together.

During a recent interview, the guitarist revealed he was not happy with Metallica using the songs he left while departing from the band. Dave stated that he did not permit his music to be used; however, the band did not pay attention to what he said. He said that the solos in the first record belonged to him, but Kirk Hammett used them after personalizing them.

Dave Mustaine said the following when asked whether he spent some time thinking or joined Megadeth immediately:

“I think I went right into Megadeth, but at the time, I was still kind of trying to digest everything that took place. The thing that bothered me the most was I had all my music, and I left it behind, and I said, ‘Don’t use my music.’ And, of course, they did. They used it on the first record, 1983’s ‘Kill ‘Em All,’ on the second record, 1984’s ‘Ride The Lightning.’ There are parts of my music on a song on the third record of 1986’s ‘Master Of Puppets.’ All the solos on the first record are mine, except that they’re just performed by Kirk. And they’re close but not the same. And he’s not a bad guitar player.”

Mustaine continued by saying that he got most of the royalties for his contributions to the band except for one. As he revealed, Kirk Hammett was the one who got his royalties for the song ‘Metal Militia’ from the album ‘Kill ‘Em All’ for a long time. According to him, if someone is looking for it, they could see that he was not getting paid for that song all those years.

Dave Mustaine added the following when asked whether he got royalties for the songs:

“Well, most of ’em, yeah, but Kirk got my royalties for ‘Metal Militia’ for many, many years. And he has to see the check, so I know somebody saw that I wasn’t getting paid.”

You can check out the interview below.