Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has apologized to his former bandmate and Metallica axeman/vocalist James Hetfield for his recent comments regarding the formation of a Metallica/Megadeth supergroup. Check out the video below.
Speaking with Artisan News, Mustaine explained that he had contacted Hetfield and assured him he would never mention the idea of the supergroup again. “I already sent [James] a text message and said I apologized to him for saying that and that I won’t ever mention it again,” he said.
Mustaine’s apology comes shortly after the Metallica frontman went public with his thoughts about the situation, saying that the idea was, “crazy” and that, “This is the Dave that we kind of wanted to forget about. You know, the big-mouth that wants to just go-go-go.”
Hetfield did, however, add, “But there is an authenticity about him when he speaks. He doesn’t think too much before he does. He just goes off the cuff. Plus, when he says stuff like that, it’s well-intended.”
The usually confrontational Mustaine has taken Hetfield’s comments in his stride saying, “I like James and I thought what he said was flattering, and then it kind of went the opposite way, and then it kind of came back again. And you know, that’s OK. I guess my whole thing was I just wanted them to know that I loved them and that I missed them and I enjoyed playing with them. If that’s not mutual, then I understand.”
The renowned frontman added that he has no hard feeling towards his fellow thrash metal god. “I still respect him, and I still care about the guy. If he doesn’t wanna play [with me] anymore, that’s cool. If he doesn’t like the idea of what I said, that’s OK, too. It wasn’t like I said it was gonna happen, it was something that I kind of wished would happen. But you know, it’s OK now, since it doesn’t seem like it’s gonna happen. And you know what?! It’s off my bucket list.”
Mustaine closed by saying that the whole situation was blown out of proportion and that he understands Hetfield’s frustrations. “The thing is that I probably shouldn’t have said stuff like that, ’cause, I guess, to some people, they may think that I’m trying to use that as a way to get publicity, so I can see where there would be some feelings about it, and that wasn’t my intention.”