During a recent conversation on Joe Rogan’s podcast, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine talked about what he experienced upon getting kicked out of Metallica. A lot of the conversation involves Mustaine’s work he did with the band and the feelings he has about being kicked out of Metallica.
When asked if he dove into Megadeth right after being kicked out of the band, Dave Mustaine shares the following (all quotes were transcribed by Blabbermouth):
“I think in my mind I went right into Megadeth, but at the time I was still kind of trying to digest everything that took place.
He then goes on to add:
“The thing that bothered me the most was I had all my music, and I left it behind and I said, ‘Don’t use my music.’ And of course they did. They used it on the first record [1983’s ‘Kill ‘Em All’], on the second record [1984’s ‘Ride The Lightning’]. There’s parts of my music on a song on the third record [1986’s ‘Master Of Puppets’]. All the solos on the first record are mine, except that they’re just performed by Kirk [Hammett, Metallica’s current guitarist]. And [they’re] close but not the same. And he’s not a bad guitar player.”
Later, Joe Rogan asks Mustaine if he feels “sadness and bitterness” in being kicked out of Metallica – this is what Dave Mustaine said:
“Not bitterness — I’m over it. It’s just money. At the end of the day, my happiness and my family and my wife and my children are more important to me than anything in this world. I love our fans. I have so many things in this life that I’m happy about. But, man, it’s my family. And obviously my relationship with God. I take that very, very personal. And I don’t talk to people about it; I don’t push it on ’em at all. It’s my thing. And I just look at it like where I’m at right now… Yeah, [I was] 20 [years old] in Metallica, and now, look at me, I’m 60 [years old] in Megadeth. And I’m a Grammy winner. I’m a New York Times best-selling author — all these things.”
What are your thoughts regarding Dave Mustaine being kicked out of Metallica? Below you can listen to the full conversation featuring Mustaine.