Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Hints at Potential Collab With Metallica’s James Hetfield: ’There Is a Pretty Good Possibility’

Although he was a member for about a year or less, Dave Mustaine is still a crucial part of Metallica’s history. After all, he has co-written some of the band’s best songs, including “The Four Horsemen” which is one of Metallica’s most famous pieces. But to this day, many ponder what Metallica would sound like if they have manage to make things work with Mustaine. Of course, the world wouldn’t have Megadeth, but it’s always fun to think of this.

Metallica with Dave Mustaine - Live In San Francisco 1983 [Full Concert] /mG

Well, maybe some sort of a Metallica and Megadeth combo might happen in the future. As Dave Mustaine revealed in a recent interview with VWMusic, there might be some chance for Dave to team up with James Hetfield for a collaboration. This all started with talks about what his secrets are behind his longevity in music. Dave said:

“Well, I have to think that my longevity might just be stubbornness.”

However, the chat went in a different direction. He added:

“I have been secretly hoping there’d be a day where James [Hetfield] and I can write together again. I think the world really does want us to do that, and I think there is a pretty good possibility of it happening down the line. I do think that it’s possible that one day James is going to come around and that he and I are going to be able to do something together again.

“I guess that’s one of the things that has always kept me pushing forward. I think it’d be good for Megadeth, and it could be great for Metallica too.”

Metallica: Am I Evil? (Live w/ The Big 4) [The Big 4: Live in Sofia, Bulgaria]

Going back to the original question, he further explained:

“One of the other things, as far as longevity is concerned, is that some people have called me a ‘perpetual badass.’ I remember the first time I heard that, and I thought, ‘Wow, that sounds like a Kid Rock album title.’ [Laughs]. But I understand it because when you’re not willing to give up, that’s when a lot of people can start to draw strength from you.

“And there have been many of my friends who are tough guys, too, but occasionally, they need somebody they can turn to. These are tough, independent guys, but they’ll say, ‘Dave, I need some advice,’ or, ‘I need someone to give me a hand here.’ And the thing is – and a lot of people get this wrong – there’s nothing wrong with that; I do that all the time.”

Photo: Sven Mandel (Megadeth – 2017216231552 2017-08-04 Wacken – Sven – 1D X MK II – 1257 – B70I0729), DoD News Features (James Hetfield (2) – Concert for Valor in Washington, D.C. Nov. 11, 2014)

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