Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Says He Was “Bothered” By Metallica Using His Music Following His Departure

During an appearance on “The Joe Rogan Experience,” Dave Mustaine opened up about his 1983 departure from Metallica. The Megadeth frontman says “the thing that bothered [him] the most” was the fact that the band used the music he left with them.

Mustaine said the following when asked if he went “right into” Megadeth after leaving Metallica:

“I think in my mind 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’s parts of my music on a song on the third record [1986’s ‘Master Of Puppets’]. All the solos on the first record are mine, except that they’re just performed by Kirk [Hammett]. And [they’re] close but not the same. And he’s not a bad guitar player.”

He continued when asked if he received royalties for the material he wrote:

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

He also added the following after Rogan asked if he is bitter about the whole ordeal:

“Not bitterness — I’m over it. It’s just money. At the end of the day, my happiness and my family and my wife and my children are more important to me than anything in this world. I love our fans. I have so many things in this life that I’m happy about. But, man, it’s my family. And obviously my relationship with God. I take that very, very personal. And I don’t talk to people about it; I don’t push it on ’em at all. It’s my thing. And I just look at it like where I’m at right now… Yeah, [I was] 20 [years old] in METALLICA, and now, look at me, I’m 60 [years old] in MEGADETH. And I’m a Grammy winner. I’m a New York Times best-selling author — all these things.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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