Dave Mustaine says that the beef between him and Metallica is nonexistent and they’re “friends now.” Former Metallica guitarist/Megadeth frontman talks about how he wishes Metallica nothing but the best in a recent interview with Liz Barnes of Planet Rock’s My Planet Rocks.
This is what Mustaine had to say when he was asked about the 40th anniversary of Megadeth in the interview, transcribed by Blabbermouth:
I think [we lasted this long by] just trying to be the best that [we] can be. And we’ve had adversity against us since the beginning because of Metallica. The funny thing about it is that we’re friends now. But what happened happened, and it’s in public belief that there’s some kind of beef between us, and there really isn’t.
Mustaine goes onto talk about how both bands have grown since then and there is no hard feelings between them.
As much as back in the day we talked about it from a negative point of view, I prefer to talk about it from a positive place now, a place of forgiveness and of healing. Those guys went through a lot of stuff themselves, and I did too. It’s very well documented about all this, and getting professional help. So that’s something I think is really wonderful.
You’ve got two of the biggest bands in metal that started form the same place, had their growing bands, came to the realization that it was just a bunch of hard feelings and bunch of hurt people. And hurt people hurt people. And now I wish them the very, very best. And now it’s all about just coming from a place of happiness. And I think if you have that kind of attitude, you can’t help but succeed.
Earlier this month, Mustaine admitted that he hadn’t heard Metallica’s latest album 72 Seasons to Guitar World and said “but there was a time around 20 years ago when we were not being friendly toward each other when I couldn’t listen to their music when it came on the radio.
“But none of that bothers me anymore, and it’s not why I haven’t heard the record, especially after the Big Four Thing that we did. I really think we should do that again.”