Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Wants To Do Another “Big Four” Show

During a recent interview with Songfacts, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine expressed interest in doing another “Big Four” show with Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax. The frontman says the hypothetical concert could be a “Big Four passing of the torch to the new Big Four.”

Mustaine brought up the “Big Four” after being asked which guitarists he admires:

“Eric Johnson is one. I just think he’s magic on the guitar. And I was really surprised by Dweezil Zappa. I think a lot of the household names in metal can go without saying: Michael [Amott] from Arch Enemy, and some of the guys like Jeff Loomis. And the guys from Lamb of God and the guys from Trivium. They’re all really good guitar players in their right.

And 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.”

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine On Metallica: “They Didn’t Pay Me What My Share Of The Songs Were”

During a recent interview with Songfacts, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine further discussed recent comments he made regarding a scrapped project he was working on with his former Metallica bandmate James Hetfield. The venture didn’t move forward due to a dispute related to their shelved “No Life ‘Til Leather” reissue.

Mustaine said the following about his last chat with Hetfield:

“The last time we talked it didn’t end very well because we have some memory of a couple of things that took place when I was in the band. I remember it one way and he is saying that it happened another. But it’s about somebody else – it’s not even him. He’s talking to me on behalf of ‘you know who’ [Lars Ulrich].

They wanted to release ‘No Life ‘Til Leather‘ – 27 songs, posters, flyers, pictures, everything. I said I would love to do this thing, and James said,’”Look, we fucked up. The last three things we’ve done failed abysmally.’

He said it was ‘Lulu‘, something called ‘Orion‘ [Metallica‘s past ‘Orion Music + More‘ festivals], and there was one other thing… I think it was a film about a fan or something [‘Metallica: Through The Never‘]. I don’t know. I don’t see them as a failure.

But, I had said, ‘Yeah, I’d be interested.’ And he said, ‘We’d like to get everything right with all the history, the publishing and stuff.’ And I said, ‘Good.’ Because part of the reason why we haven’t been able to really reconcile is because I had songs that when I left I didn’t want them to record, and they went ahead and recorded them but they didn’t pay me what my share of the songs were.

James and I wrote ‘Metal Militia‘ and ‘Phantom Lord‘ – every note. And somehow, on the record [‘Kill ‘Em All‘] it says Lars gets 10%. And on ‘Metal Militia‘ that Kirk gets some of it, and he wasn’t even in the band!

So I’ve come to terms with it, and when he said, ‘We’d like to get this right,’ I said, ‘Great. Let’s do it. I have no problem.’ And when I said, ‘This is what it is,’ he said, ‘No. It’s kind of what it was, and that’s how it is.’

And I thought to myself, you know what? When you guys did that to me before, it was not cool. I said, ‘Don’t use my stuff’ and you did it, and then didn’t give me my fair share. So why would I want to willingly enter into something like that? I wouldn’t. So that’s where we stand right now.

I would love to work with James. I’d like to work with Lars again, too, but I think the real talent in Metallica has always been around the guitar – everybody makes fun of the drums.

Lars is a really great song arranger. And believe it or not, I watched him on a piece-of-shit acoustic guitar write the opening riff to ‘Ride The Lightning‘.” [Sings riff, which turns out to be ‘Master Of Puppets‘.]

You know what that was? It was a guy with a guitar that doesn’t know how to play, and he’s going [mimics playing a chromatic run] on the neck. It wasn’t anything really mind-blowing by any means. The way James played it made it mind-blowing.”

He continued when it was mentioned that he was humming something that sounded more like “Master Of Puppets”:

“Yeah, whatever that is. I don’t fuckin’ know their song names. I don’t listen to them. I totally respect them, I just don’t listen to them. It’s not out of me not liking them. When they come on the radio in my car, a long time ago I would change the channel, but I don’t anymore. It’s just music, and I’ve been able to put all that stuff behind.

That’s why when I saw James talking bad about himself [see here], I was thinking, ‘Fuck that, man. Don’t buy into that.’ I don’t know if he’s back in the bottle or not, but I love that guy. I fought somebody because of James. Somebody was going to beat his ass in San Francisco, and I got in between them – and got knocked around a bit myself. But I would never let anything happen to those guys.

Somebody picked on Lars and I snapped his leg – you remember that, right? And I’m not a violent person, I’m just very protective of the people I love. And when I see James saying stuff like that, I don’t like it. I want to help him. He probably wouldn’t want my help, but maybe if a couple of guys with guitars and a bag full of chips can get through a conversation and become friends again, who knows?”

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Was Working On A Project With Metallica’s James Hetfield Until A Publishing Dispute Got In The Way

During a recent interview with, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine revealed that there was a time when he almost reunited with his former Metallica bandmate, James Hetfield, for new project. However, everything ended up falling apart due to the songwriting dispute that led to the shelving of their “No Life ‘Til Leather” reissue.

Mustaine said the following:

“There’s three sides to every story, right. There’s my side, there would be the other person’s side, and then there would be the truth which is somewhere right in the middle. You know, oddly enough that was one of the last conversations I ever had with James Hetfield because we were talking about getting back together and doing a project.

Something had come up about the publishing discrepancy that we have been arguing about for years and years and years, and I told James, ‘I’ll do it but we’ve got to get this stuff sorted out first’. And he said, ‘Oh yeah, sure’.

So I said, ‘Now these two songs you and me split, 50/50. Lars didn’t write on this song – you know that. I don’t know why you gave him percentages but I’m not. I’m not going to sign another deal that’s gonna confirm that because I never agreed to that’.

And James said, ‘Well, Lars has a different recollection of that,’ and I said that’s fine; there’s his side of the story, my side and the truth is somewhere. And that blew his mind, and we haven’t talked since. You know, I was trying to be really friendly with him; he told me that the last three projects they did bombed, and they wanted to go back and use all the stuff that I was on, and I said sure. As soon as I said that ‘three stories’ bit, it was over!”

This news comes shortly after Mustaine expressed a desire to work with Hetfield again.

Megadeth Release Cover Of Judas Priest’s “Delivering The Goods”

Megadeth have released a cover of Judas Priest‘s “Delivering The Goods.“ The track was recorded in honor of Judas Priest’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and it can be found through Amazon Music.

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Earns Brown Belt In Jiu-Jitsu

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine has officially earned a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The frontman was promoted by Reggie Almeida at Gracie Barra Spring Hill BJJ & Self-Defense in Spring Hill, TN.

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Wants To Write New Music With Metallica’s James Hetfield

During a recent interview with VWMusic, Dave Mustaine expressed interest in writing new music with his former Metallica bandmate James Hetfield. The Megadeth frontman said the following about that:

“I have been secretly hoping there’d be a day where James [Hetfield] and I can write together again. I think the world really does want us to do that, and I think there is a pretty good possibility of it happening down the line. I do think that it’s possible that one day James is going to come around and that he and I are going to be able to do something together again. I guess that’s one of the things that has always kept me pushing forward. I think it’d be good for Megadeth, and it could be great for Metallica too.”

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine On Nü-Metal Era: “We Would Laugh About The Bands That We Were Forced To Take Out On Tour”

It looks like Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine wasn’t a big fan of the metal scene in the 1990s and early 2000s. While discussing that era with WSOU 89.5 FM, the frontman said that the group “would laugh about the bands that [they] were forced to take out on tour with [them], especially during the nu-metal period.”

Mustaine said the following:

“You know, in 1992, when Nirvana and Def Leppard and Pearl Jam and Soundgarden all happened to radio in America, radio in America changed. You either had to be an alternative band, or you needed to be a glam kind of band. Remember Warrant, Poison, Def Leppard, all these bands — God, there’s millions of them.

All these glam bands, and then you think about all the alternative bands — well, what happened to the metal bands that were on the radio at the time? Well, they kind of got swept up into the dark, and only the strong survived.

For us, we went through a period where like I said, admittedly so, we were trying to do what we were told. And it backfired. I mean, why would you pay a manager if you’re not going to listen to them?

And so, there were several situations where we would make decisions [that] were presented to us in a way kind of, like, ‘You got to do this,’ or ‘That’s just how it is.’ I can’t tell you how much we would laugh about the bands that we were forced to take out on tour with us, especially during the nu-metal period that we went through years ago. You know, all these bands that wouldn’t play solos and stuff.”

[via Metal Injection]

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Megadeth’s Dirk Verbeuren Joins Rob Stewart Sharkwater Foundation As “Shark Free” Ambassador

Megadeth drummer Dirk Verbeuren has become an ambassador for The Rob Stewart Sharkwater Foundation’s “Shark Free” campaign. That initiative seeks to “protect sharks by advocating for the removal of shark ingredients from consumer products.” Verbeuren commented:

“The plight of sharks is one we should all be touched by. These wonderful apex predators, incredibly vital to our oceans, are being hurled towards extinction by humans in the most disgraceful ways. Rob Stewart’s eye-opening documentary affected me deeply, and today I am proud to join The Sharkwater Foundation as an ambassador. I want to help spread a message of conservation and care toward sharks and all the other sentient creatures we share our planet with. We need them around. Humanity can do much better, and if we all work together, I firmly believe we will succeed in creating a better future for Mother Earth and its inhabitants.”

Megadeth Announce “Rattleheads” Generative NFT Collection

Megadeth have announced a new generative NFT collection, which they are calling “Rattleheads.” The digital pieces were produced by Five To One Collective in partnership with Upper Echelon Studios.

Here’s a description of the NFTs:

“‘Rattleheads’ is a generative art collection by the Grammy Award winning, thrash metal pioneers Megadeth. Pulling from nearly 40 years of iconic themes and imagery, the collection is based off of Megadeth’s skeletal mascot Vic Rattlehead, an otherworldly being born in a dungeon of torment and pain. With eyes covered by a riveted-on visor, his mouth clamped shut, and ears closed with metal caps, Vic embodies the phrase ‘See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.’ Inspired by Megadeth’s long-standing Cyber Army fan club, these militaristic NFTs will include unique mission deployment mechanics alongside vast additional utility to be announced soon.”

Dave Mustaine added:

“As long as Megadeth has been a band, I’ve ensured that we were leading the charge. Our first album set the standard for thrash metal. We were the first band to have a web site. Our fan club Cyber Army was started in 1994. Our 2016 album ‘Dystopia’ came with a full Virtual Reality experience. And now with the rise of Web3 technology and its ability to directly connect us with our fans — this moment is perfect for Megadeth. It allows the ultimate connection with our community and with none other than the almighty Vic Rattlehead as our standard-bearer.”