Dave Mustaine has reignited the simmering feud between him and Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich.

In an interview with Rock Hard Mustaine claimed that the Metallica drummer is scared of sharing a bill with Megadeth when asked about the chances of more Big Four shows.

“It’s not about the Big Four,” said Mustaine. “I believe Lars is afraid to play with Megadeth.”

This latest spat comes after Mustaine, who spent two years in Metallica before being fired in 1983, refused to give permission for his former band to release an expanded version of their 1982 demo No Life ’Til Leather.

“I won’t give them my rights, so I will not be part of it,” Mustaine said. “I wrote all of Mechanix and Jump In The Fire and I won’t give anything to Lars Ulrich. He can give it up. With Phantom Lord I wrote all the music and James Hetfield did all the lyrics – 50/50. If James wants to give his share to Lars because he’s scared of him, that’s up to him. I’m not afraid of Lars Ulrich and I won’t give him my share.”

Mustaine went on to claim that James Hetfield is afraid of Ulrich.

“If James wants to give his share to Lars because he’s afraid of him, that’s OK. I’m not afraid of him. I’m not giving anything to Lars Ulrich. Everyone knows they got the rights in the past. But the past is past. But I can’t willingly come to an agreement with these people and give Lars credit for something that he not only didn’t do – but was also incapable of doing. He couldn’t write songs so good then.”

Mustaine recently told Louder that his relationship with his former Metalllica bandmates was complicated.

“Hetfield and I hug onstage now in front of thousands and thousands of people, Lars and I put our arms around each other when we take a picture, but everything isn’t rose-coloured glasses. We’ve gone from being three people who would fight constantly and publicly in the press, to people who see each other out on the prairie, a tip of the hat is cool, but for the most part we don’t see each other any more, we run in different circles.”

Megadeth have just reissued a new version of their 1985 debut album, Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good.

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  • Medved on

    Dave is F.I.N.E*

    *F**ked-up, Insecure, Neurotic, and Emotional

  • Taskerofpuppets on

    Dave is needing to sell more copies of Killing is my business. Good luck with that….

  • Rattlehead on

    I doubt Lars is afraid to play with Megadeth, although I do think Megadeth is better at playing thrash music compared to today’s Metallica. But I think both bands should be afraid of playing with Slayer. I think Slayer are the most musically intense of the Big 4 and can whip the audience into the greatest frenzy. Any band after Slayer is an emotional letdown.

    And no way should Dave give song credit rights to Lars if they were not earned. Rather, if Lars didn’t earn them, Lars should concede so the expanded edition of No Life ‘Til Leather can be released, assuming this is the “legal issue” preventing its release.

    And I don’t think it’s cool that Dave calls out James as being afraid of Lars as the basis to share song writing credits. I think any sharing James does with Lars is out of mutual respect for his friend and business partner, cuz without Lars, Metallica would not have the success its had and still enjoys today.

    • shannon mehaffey on

      ….wellll…I witnessed Priest make handy work out of Slayer in ’88 and Priest was fighting a hostile crowd of Slayer fans but after Sinner, the third song, they sure shut them up.

    • Dana on

      That is power of the Metal Gods….

      D 🙂

    • shannon mehaffey on

      …gods…that’s plural. 🙂 It was great watching Priest take it up a notch (Rattlehead’s point is well taken; Slayer would take out most metal bands…) I especially remember KK’s intensity (and his very nuanced playing, rare for metal that intense, a feature lost on Slayer)…even Holland was a freight train that night…Glenn really hated those Slayer fans, they were beneath him pretty much…then there’s Rob; effortlessly taking out the trash, I mean thrash.

    • Dana on

      It was plural 🙂


    • DR Is Live on

      I think the songwriting credit issue dates back to a certain perceived RRHOF snub.

    • shannon mehaffey on

      I was just lecturing you for some reason, sorry. 🙂

    • Dana on

      Okay, no worries.


    • shannon mehaffey on

      ..Dana, the Leo in charge here, that message is to you.

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