Dave Mustaine Only Played Big Four Show After Being Called a ‘P****’

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Back in 2011, the Big Four came together for an epic concert. Featuring Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax, the show stands to this day as one of the most surreal and exciting moments in heavy metal history.

However, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine was hesitant at first to take part in that event, and it was only after allegedly being called an offensive name by Metallica’s co-manager that he took on the gig.

Per a past conversation on The Jasta Show, Mustaine talked about the Big Four concert that took place in 2011 and how, around that time, he had just had neck surgery.

Mustaine initially said “I have to cancel because I need emergency surgery”; and allegedly, upon this reaching the ears of Metallica’s management, a co-manager by the name of Peter called Mustaine a “pussy.”

Here is what Mustaine had to say about the matter (as transcribed by Blabbermouth):

“When I did the ‘Big Four’ concert at Yankee Stadium and had my neck in a neck brace riding on a golf cart to the stage, I had tape all over the stage that said, ‘Don’t headbang.’

“I would have died if I headbanged that night because I was in an emergency surgery room two days before, ready to have my neck operated on. And I called up my manager, Mark Adelman, at the time, and I said, ‘Look, I played with Metallica, Anthrax and Slayer before, I’ve played New York before, I’ve played a baseball stadium before, so none of this is new to me. And I have to cancel because I need emergency surgery.’

“So, allegedly, Adelman tells this to Metallica’s management — whatever the guy with the name of a penis, whatever his name is… It was Dick or Peter or something… Peter!

“So [Peter] said I was a pussy. And so I went, ‘Okay. All right. Wrap me up. I’m going to New York.’ So they gave me a bunch of injections in my neck and put me in a neck brace and I flew out there and I played the concert and I came back.

“And I figured, nobody else knows about this except for him, and who’s the real pussy now?”

If this did in fact go down the way Mustaine says it did, it’s awfully shitty to give someone crap for a serious health matter. What do you make of this story?

Were you lucky enough to attend this concert? Do you hope another Big Four show takes place?

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