During a fan Q&A conducted by Revolver, Dave Mustaine opened up about his relationship with his former Metallica bandmate James Hetfield. The Megadeth frontman says he has a lot of respect for Hetfield and his playing.
Mustaine said the following:
“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 ’em, I would just say, ‘Fucking 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 [Editor’s note: from the Spanish ‘Lo que será, será’ meaning ‘what will be, will be’].
It was a dumb thing that I did by taking my dog up to practice, and it was even dumber to punch [James]. 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 fucks about him being in Metallica.”