Mustaine was the original lead guitarist in the US thrash-metal band before he was fired in 1983
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has stated that he would not rejoin Metallica even if they personally asked him to do so.
Mustaine was the original lead guitarist in the US thrash-metal band before he was fired in 1983 due to troubles with alcohol abuse and clashes with his fellow members.
The guitarist was replaced by Kirk Hammett, who has remained with the group ever since. Mustaine later went on to form Megadeth with bassist David Ellefson.
Hosting a Twitter Q&A with fans, Mustaine was asked whether he would be interested in rejoining Metallica if asked. Mustaine replied: “I would be honoured [to be asked], but I would not.”
He later described drummer Lars Ulrich, who he has experienced tense relations with in the past, as a “friend”. Mustaine also again dodged a question of a possible Metallica team-up. See the tweets below.
Meanwhile, Mustaine recently defended his band’s latest line-up changes, arguing that bands are living organisms, and need to have the same vision to move forward.
“You’ve got to ask yourself what’s good for the band rather than the individual and we made some changes,” Mustaine told New York publication The Leader. “The two guys we have playing for us now have been great. We all go through these unfortunate changes. You be the judge when you hear the record.”
The as-yet-untitled 15th studio album will not feature long-time drummer Shawn Drover or guitarist Chris Broderick, both of whom departed the band in late 2014.
This weekend, Metallica will headline Reading And Leeds festivals alongside The Libertines and Mumford & Sons.