Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine: revolutionary guitar hero, or revenge-obsessed also-ran? For ages, Mustaine getting fired from Metallica was regarded as the point at which the band solidified their legendary line-up. But more and more, figures within the scene have recognized that for many, the acrobatic guitarist’s riffs and technical ability were what made Metallica special in the first place. This has raised an even bigger question: was Dave Mustaine the true star of Metallica, and did the band do themselves a disservice by letting him go?
On the latest episode of our heavy metal talk show Last Words, hosts Jordan Olds (Two Minutes To Late Night), Katy Irizarry (Season Of Mist), and Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves/Ex Man Podcast) get into it with Spirit Adrift frontman Nate Garrett about Metallica, Dave Mustaine, and the possibility of Miley Cyrus covering the Four Horsemen. Immediately Doc came to the defense of Metallica, who he thinks are maligned by fairweather fans are hipster dicks.
“There’s a war going on right now between real Metallica fans like me and fake-ass Metallica fans being like, Unngh, I only like these records,” says Doc. “Man, shut up. That’s not how fandom works. Fandom isn’t like, I’m a fan on Monday, I hate ’em on Tuesday — that’s wack. I’m a Knicks fan. They lose EVERY YEAR. And I think what people do is they filter modern things through the lens of not really understanding their biography. When you heard something when you’re 12, you’re emotionally attached to it. And when you hear something that’s pretty damn good when you’re 37, you’re old and you’re jaded and you’re bitter and you didn’t put the damn nostalgia filter on it, so you think it’s not good!”
Check out the episode below and see if you agree with Doc’s rant.
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