Metallica frontman Hetfield has praised former bandmate and Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine for his “superb career” in music
Metallica split with guitarist Dave Mustaine in 1983 due to his substance abuse issues – and he was changed by current axeman, Kirk Hammett.Download Our App
Regardless of their strained relationship, Mustaine has since made amends with the band – and performed alongside Metallica at the San Francisco Fillmore in 2011.
Now James Hetfield calls his former colleague an “old good friend” who went on to carve a successful career within the industry.
He tells Bild: “He is an old good friend of ours for sure and he has done very well for himself in Megadeth. And after him getting kicked out of the band he went on to have an amazing career.
“Dave is a tremendous guitar player, great songwriter and he has done some wonderful stuff in his band.”
Watch the full interview beneath.
Earlier this month Hammett said he understands Mustaine’s long-held grudge about being fired. The Megadeth frontman responded that he “appreciated” his replacement’s regard – and added that Dave has “great respect” for him.
Mustaine has recently been speaking up the chance of returning to stages alongside fellow thrash icons Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax – with Metallica’s Robert Trujillo voiced his own support for the thought.
Read Mustaine’s review of Metallica’s new album Hardwired… To Self Destruct.
Watch: James Hetfield about worst tattoos, Dave Mustaine and Hardwired (photos/full interview)