Metallica’s lead guitarist Kirk Hammett talked about his replacement guitarist Dave Mustaine. He made some very informative explanations. We already knew there was no problem between these two right now.

Speaking to The World of Wheeler Podcast, Kirk Hammett said that Dave always understands what he is in and constantly empathizes. He said:

“Well, you know, the whole thing with Dave is I’ve never, ever, ever had a problem with Dave. I’ve always seen Dave as someone who was just really, really sad, really angry, really frustrated about his situation with Metallica, and he never could let that go. And, you know, I’ve always shown a lot of empathy for him, understanding that he was just pissed off. It’s the equivalent of the woman of your life leaving you.

I mean, really. When your band kicks you out… I’ve never been kicked out, but I can imagine it’s a horrible experience, especially if it’s a band that you feel really passionately about. So I can understand Dave’s plight over all these years. But I will also say that when we did these 30th-anniversary shows at the Fillmore, and we invited Dave to play on all those ‘Kill ‘Em All’ songs, man, it felt so good to have him playing on stage. It felt perfectly fine for me to, while Dave was playing the guitar solos, for me to go over to James and play the rhythm parts with James, and it wasn’t a big deal at all.


And I could see from the look on Dave’s face and just from his whole attitude that it was super-cathartic for him. And I could see how it was helping him. And so I just took it all in stride. And it’s interesting, because since then, I think, Dave’s relationship with us is a little bit better now. I’d like to think that that whole thing just kind of healed some scars that needed to be healed.”

In the past days, Dave had talked about Kirk’s zero song writing on Hardwired… To Self-Destruct. That explanation is also warmly and caring. You can reach it by clicking the link below.

Dave Mustaine Talks About Kirk Hammett’s Zero Song Writing On New Metallica Album