“I think the world really does want us to do that, and I think there is a pretty good possibility of it happening down the line.”
“I do think that it’s possible that one day James is going to come around and that he and I are going to be able to do something together again,” Dave continued. “I guess that’s one of the things that has always kept me pushing forward. I think it’d be good for MEGADETH, and it could be great for METALLICA too.”
During a recent Q&A hosted by Revolver magazine, Mustaine spoke about his relationship with Hetfield.
“I saw the thing with James on stage where he was saying that he was going through a rough patch,” referencing a widely circulated video of Hetfield from last May in which he told an audience in Brazil that he was “feeling a little bit insecure” prior to taking the stage. “I was sad to see that because it’s been one of those really weird love-hate relationships. And the whole reason that I ever even pursued any of this was I really liked those guys. If I didn’t like ’em, I would just say, ‘F**king flush the toilet and be done with it.’
“He’s always been somebody that I really liked playing with. I wished things wouldn’t have ended the way that they did. But que sera, sera [Editor’s note: from the Spanish ‘Lo que será, será’ meaning ‘what will be, will be’]. It was a dumb thing that I did by taking my dog up to practice, and it was even dumber to punch [James]. I really respect him and I respect his playing. And I hope he knows that there are a lot of people out there, like me, that like him as a person and don’t give two f*cks about him being in METALLICA.”