Dave Mustaine on His Friendship With Lars + James: ‘We’re Better Off Now Than We’ve Been For a Long Time’

Lars Ulrich: Kreepin Deth, CC BY 3.0, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en, Wikimedia Commons / Dave Mustaine: Ralph Arvesen, CC BY 2.0, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en, Wikimedia Commons / James Hetfield: Kreepin Deth, CC BY 3.0, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en, Wikimedia Commons
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According to Dave Mustaine of the Los Angeles thrash act Megadeth, his relationship with Metallica members James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich is “better off now” than it has been in a “long time.”

When it comes to the various beefs that have taken place throughout heavy metal history, the feud between Mustaine and Metallica is perhaps one of the most infamous. However, more recently in life, Mustaine has said that he has no beef with the band and that they are “friends.”

The topic of his relationship with Hetfield and Ulrich recently came up during a new chat with Consequence. Prior to Hetfield and Ulrich being mentioned, Mustaine spoke about his relationship with original Metallica bassist Ron McGovney; back in May, McGovney praised Mustaine for his work on Metallica’s demo No Life ‘Til Leather.

Of course, while talking about McGovney, Mustaine also brings up Hetfield and Ulrich, which then leads him to talk about where he stands with the two Metallica members today.

Regarding his relationship with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine says:

“It took a while for James and Lars and I to kind of come around and become friends again. But I would say we’re probably better off now than we’ve been for a long time. And it comes and goes. I think the emotions between all of us, it’s probably understandable for a lot of people who break up with someone, it’s like a marriage and you part ways and sometimes you try and justify in your head the decision that you make. And sometimes the facts are all you need, and other times you feel compelled to kinda tell the story and you don’t really need to. And then there are people who tell the story and then add little salacious facts – like a tape recorder that has a feature to add stuff that never happened. So, I just look at that whole period with Metallica as something that was really great for me. And I wish them the best.”

What do you make of Dave Mustaine’s comments about his relationship with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich? Do you believe that the three artists are all on good terms with one another?

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