Saturday, December 17, 2016
Metallica's James Hetfield Gives Latest Statement on Former Band Mate Dave Mustaine
The burning feud between thrash giants Metallica and Megadeth went on for decades until only within the past decade or so was it finally laid to rest and the fences mended between Megadeth front man Dave Mustaine and his former band mates in Metallica. These days Metallica front man James Hetfield has some interesting things to say about his former band mate that are a stark contrast to what he would have said not all that long ago.
In a recent video interview with Bild Musik, Hetfield was asked to react to a bunch of different photos as they popped up. When one of Mustaine popped up, he says:
“An old friend of ours for sure and he has done very well for himself in Megadeth. And after him getting kicked out of Metallica he went on to have an amazing career. Dave is an amazing guitar player, great songwriter and he has done some amazing stuff in his band.”
I'm not surprised that Hetfield is singing the praises of Mustaine these days considering they have buried the hatchet and have a profound mutual respect for one another. However, it's always nice to get a reminder here and there that the feud is over. Seeing all these long standing musical rivalries end is kind of a heart warming thing because it goes to show you that time really can heal any wound.
Maybe if we're really lucky next year we'll get that Big Four tour that Mustaine has been pressing for recently. Would be cool to see the largest four bands in all of thrash metal get together to do something on such a massive scale and make the most metal tour to ever happen happen for the fans who have waited for something like this for the past three decades.
For those of you who did not already know, next week will be the last week of blog posts from Young Ears, Fresh Perspective for the year. The week will be a five part list of the Top 10 Albums of the Year rather than the regular posts and features that I run. After next Friday's post I will be taking the rest of the year off to relax and enjoy the holidays, returning January 2nd to start the new year refreshed.