The Tragic Reason Why Dave Mustaine Cried In Front Of Lars Ulrich
Megadeth frontman and the original lead guitarist of Metallica, Dave Mustaine once opened up about being fired from Metallica during a therapy session including drummer Lars Ulrich as revealed with footage from the 2004 documentary movie of Metallica called, ‘Some Kind of Monster.’
As many of you remember, Megadeth icon Dave Mustaine was actually the original lead guitarist of Metallica when he joined the band in 1981 after seeing the drummer Lars Ulrich’s ad in a local newspaper revealing that the band is looking for a lead guitarist.
Despite having a short time with Metallica, Dave Mustaine toured with the band, co-wrote four songs that appeared on the debut studio album, ‘Kill ‘Em All,’ and co-wrote two songs that eventually appeared on the 1984 album ‘Ride the Lightning.’
However, the story of how the original lead guitarist was fired from Metallica has always been a heartbreaking incident for most of the fans since despite having reasons such as Dave Mustaine being an alcohol and drug addict which often affected his work, the band instantly fired him without a warning after packing up his gear, drove him to a bus terminal on April 11, 1983.
While Dave Mustaine managed to create one of the greatest thrash metal bands of all time, the tragic incident left its mark on the iconic guitarist as he revealed during a therapy session with Lars Ulrich which was revealed in the film, ‘Metallica: Some Kind of Monster.’
In the footage, Dave Mustaine stated that both Lars Ulrich and lead vocalist James Hetfield were his family at the time, and being fired without a warning or not given a second chance was a totally heartbreaking experience for him brought Ulrich to tears despite living 18 years after the incident.
Here is what Lars Ulrich said:
“Difficult for me to comprehend that the only thing that you feel when you look back on the last 20 years is rooted in the Metallica thing.”
Here is what Mustaine said:
“Okay, I’ll explain in as simple terms as I can not to stultify you but to just make it really easy. I had nothing, then I had everything, then I had nothing again and it was okay going from nothing to everything to nothing. But having someone stand on the back of my head and keep me underwater made it even harder for me.
I’ve been erased from any involvement, the quotes that I was never meant to be in here anyway, I was just filling a spot, I was just a temporary guy, I was a fucking loser and a drug addict, I got kicked out. All the horrible things that were said immediately after my firing. I agree I should’ve been fired because I was dangerous because of my disease. but watching for so many years, the band continued to become successful and successful and successful and successful and us to never address the way that I was like, oh my god Lars, you guys woke me up and said, ‘you know what you’re out.’ And I asked you, ‘What? No warning?’ I said, ‘No second chance?’ And you guys said, ‘No, go.’
Good God, man I didn’t get a chance and I’ve lived, maybe for some people 18 years is a long time, for me, it seems yesterday. I woke up and I look up and I see the guys that I love that are my extended family. Gotta remember, all I had was my mom, all I had was you and James. I’ve had to deal with that for almost 20 years and it’s a dreadful experience.”
You can watch the video right below.