Thrash metal lords Metallica are well-known for channeling masculine rage into headbanging hits. However now, among the band’s former members is claiming that he’s probably the most macho of these all.
In a fresh interview with Classic Rock magazine, Megadeth founder Dave Mustaine argued he was Metallica’s leader during his amount of time in the bandforget James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich.
“I’m clearly the alpha male between your three folks,” Mustaine told Classic Rock. “Why did I must do everything when I was in the band? Why did they always ask me speak to the promoters and collect the money? Why was I the main one who had to accomplish the fighting? Why did I must talk among songs?”
The lead guitarist further stated that after getting booted from Metallica and starting Megadeth, everything felt such as a “feud” between your two bands.
The Classic Rock interview touches on Mustaine’s turbulent childhood and how being raised by way of a father with alcoholism sparked a fascination with drinking. As a man, he sought escape in music but was also attracted to drugs.
Mustaine is not a stranger to controversy.
This past year amid the coronavirus pandemic, he stopped a NJ Megadeth concert to carp about masks and medical “tyranny.” And nearly about ten years ago, he made headlines for hurling homophobic and misogynistic slurs at a fan before kicking him from the show.
But Mustaine’s brushes with controversy haven’t slowed Megadeth down. Earlier this month, the band dropped its first album in six years, The Sick, the Dying… And the Dead!, to reviews that are positive. The brand new offering features rap legend Ice-T, whose vocals appear on the song “Night Stalkers.”
Mustaine also got introspective during his Classic Rock interview. When asked to expand on being “an angry son, uncontrollable,” he admitted that a lot of it was section of an “on-stage persona.”
“It had been escaping . there and tightening your belt and going for a swig and just screaming at whoever would listen,” Mustaine said.
Still, looking back on his accomplishments during the period of a decades-long career, Mustaine is pretty proud.
“I had an idea: to stay the largest metal band on earth,” he continued. “I have no idea, maybe it’s still before me. But so far as American metal bands are worried, there’s few larger than Megadeth. I’d say that is clearly a great feat.”
Newsweek has already reached out to a Mustaine representative for further comment.