Dave Mustaine Wants To Tour With Metallica

In a recent chat with Guitar World, Dave Mustaine discussed Metallica and their new album, ’72 Seasons.’ He noted that the old troubles with his former band didn’t upset him anymore when it came to hearing their music. He also said that he wants to tour with Metallica again under ‘The Big Four’ label.

Asked whether he listened to the latest album yet, the Megadeth frontman said:

“No, I have not heard Metallica’s latest record. But there was a time around 20 years ago when we were not being friendly toward each other when I couldn’t listen to their music when it came on the radio. But none of that bothers me anymore, and it’s not why I haven’t heard the record, especially after the Big 4 thing that we did. I really think we should do that again.”

The Big 4 shows in 2010 marked the first time in decades Mustaine shared the stage with Metallica after his dismissal from the band. Back then, he and James Hetfield even talked about working together for a project, though this plan never took off.

After the performances, Megadeth’s vocalist has spoken out a few times about wanting to get back together with the other groups again. In a 2021 talk with Songfacts, he said:

“I really think it’s time for the guys in Metallica to step up, and us do one last round, see if we can get Slayer to come out of retirement and do a ‘Big 4 passing of the torch’ to the new Big 4. It would remain to be seen who they are, but I have a feeling it would include some of the players we already mentioned.

I think it would be really cool symbolically if we did something at like the LA Coliseum, even if it’s one show, and that’s it. Slayer is from Los Angeles, so it would probably make it more convenient for them to go home at night. I personally have been hoping for this for a while, and I keep asking and asking and asking. They’re just not into it. But that’s up to them.”

But, according to Anthrax’s Scott Ian, another Big 4 show is not likely to happen in the near future. In an early 2023 interview, he told Metal Edge:

“If the Big 4 was to ever happen again – in any capacity – it’s certainly not going to be before ’25 now because they’ve [Metallica] already announced their plans. So, there you go. Anyone who has a question about the Big 4, hold that thought until 2025.”

Right now, both bands have their own plans. Metallica is set to continue their M72 World Tour in August, and Megadeth has a summer tour, with the next gig in Florida on June 24.