Guitarist admits that he felt 'ups and downs' hooking up with his old band
The guitarist, who joined the metal legends onstage in San Francisco last weekend (December 10) for the first time in 30 years as the band celebrated their 30th anniversary, admitted he felt “ups and downs” reuniting with his old bandmates.
Mustaine, who had previously last played with the band in 1982, told Powerline:
I had some mood swings. There were some ups and downs and stuff. And, you know, got excited, and kind of got impatient. ‘Let’s go. I’m OK. Well, let’s go!’ and this kind of thing and that’s just the artist in me. I’m just squirrely like that.
He did go on to admit he had enjoyed playing some of Metallica‘s old songs again, however, adding: “You know, it felt fun to play them. I wish I would have had a little bit more opportunity to get prepared with the band. You know, because I’m a perfectionist.
“I would have liked to have had my sound just so and make sure when I did the solos they would jump up the volume and stuff like that that I’m used to, but we were at a club and playing like a club band. It was fun to take off the rules and regulations and stuff and kind of shoot from the hip.”
Mustaine wasn’t the only special guest to join Metallica at their final show at the Filmore in San Francisco, with former members Ron McGovney, Jason Newsted, Lloyd Grant and Hugh Tanner also making an appearance.
Black Sabbath‘s Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler also joined the band to perform covers of Sabbath tracks ‘Sabbra Cadabra’, ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Paranoid’.
Metallica‘s long-time producer Bob Rock was also present at the show which saw them play a 20-song career-spanning set, including a previously unreleased track from the ‘Death Magnetic’ sessions called ‘Rebel Of Babylon’.