DEE SNIDER Says DAVE MUSTAINE Was Better Guitarist Than JAMES HETFIELD

"James couldn't even play guitar in the beginning. He fronted the band," Dee Snider said.

Early Metallica

During a recent appearance on Speak & Destroy, TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider how METALLICA once opened for his band.

He said: “Watching them in Holland, turning to my bass player, I went, ‘You know, these guys got a lot of heart, but they’re never going to go anywhere.’

“I couldn’t imagine that something so heavy could cross over and become accepted, and they did it on their own terms. I told them, I have nothing but respect for METALLICA, they didn’t give an inch along the way, very impressive.”

After interviewer noted that “they didn’t go to the mainstream, the mainstream came to them,” Dee said: “Very much so, I remember looking at our albums, we were touring together, and it was distributed by WEA, their distribution block was about this thick and blocked out Lars’ face… I mean, they had individual deals with every different distribution company of the world, and I remember going, ‘These guys, they’ve not budged.’ ‘You want our record? It’s on our own terms.'”

Speaking if James Hetfield and Dave Mustaine invented a style of guitar playing that has continued, Snider said: “Probably more Mustaine. I mean, James couldn’t even play guitar in the beginning. He fronted the band. And, I mean, really, credit where credit’s due, I’m not taking anything away from James, and the ground he’s broken and the band has broken — but I would say it was more from Mustaine even – because James was learning guitar.”

When asked if Mustaine did all the talking at the early METALLICA shows, Dee responded: “Yeah, and until I went back and listened to the EP that one of James‘s major influences was Vince Neil from MÖTLEY CRÜE — did you know that? Well, now you’ve heard that. Listen, they’re from LA, listen to his vocal style on that first EP, it was way more — little more Neils-ily, little less, ‘Yeah!’ A little less down there, little more up there, and hey, everybody’s got their influences.”