DAVE MUSTAINE Says ‘It Wasn’t Easy Escaping From METALLICA’s Shadow’

Dave Mustaine is the focus of the “My Guide To Life” feature in the latest issue of Planet Rock magazine. In the article, the MEGADETH leader sounds off on “faith, love, charity and the benefits of not murdering your best friend,” according to the publication.

Speaking about how getting kicked out of one great metal group ultimately inspired him to start another one, Mustaine said: “It wasn’t easy escaping from METALLICA‘s shadow. It takes effort and energy to get a band off the ground, never mind when you have an enormous band stepping on top of your head every time you get above water.”

The members of METALLICA have been mostly respectful while discussing their onetime bandmate, with guitarist Kirk Hammett saying on a 2016 podcast: “I’ve always seen Dave as someone who was just really, really sad, really angry, really frustrated about his situation with METALLICA, and he never could let that go. And, you know, I’ve always shown a lot of empathy for him, understanding that he was just pissed off. It’s the equivalent of the woman of your life leaving you.”