Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine spoke in a recent interview with Rolling Stone and revealed the unheard story about how he wrote the middle section of Metallica’s “The Four Horsemen”.

Here’s the statement:

“Cliff [Burton] and I became really, really, really close. And I remember he had an affinity for Lynyrd Skynyrd. I remember driving to rehearsal one day. We were listening to ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and Lars [Ulrich] goes *imitates lars*, ‘Oh, man, we have to slow this part down in the middle, man.’

And I went, ‘Okay.’ So I went *hums ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ riff*. I was playing ‘Sweet Home Alabama,’ and he didn’t know it. And he goes *imitates Lars*, ‘Fuck! That’s fucking brilliant, man.’

And I went, ‘Okay. Here we go.’ So I ditched the [last part of the ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ riff]. Dave Mustaine and Lynyrd Skynyrd wrote ‘The Four Horsemen.’

The part of Mustaine’s talking about isĀ  takes place at 3:28. Check from below. Click here to entire interview.