Former Metallica guitarist and current frontman of Megadeth, Dave Mustaine, spoke in a recent interview with Loudersound and unveiled the real reason why he left Metallica while talking about the alcohol and drug usage.
As you might remember, Dave Mustaine joined Metallica after one year it was founded. But, he couldn’t stay long enough in the band and kicked from the Metallica in 1983. In the same year, he founded Megadeth.
In the conversation, Dave clarified that they were using drugs at the time in the recordings, and he was so obsessed with them. Dave stated that if anyone didn’t like his relationship with the drugs, he would fight them.
According to this statement, this is why things didn’t work out for him and Metallica. Furthermore, Dave said that after he got healthier and healthier, he realized that he could play guitar sober, and this is more enjoyable rather than trying to have always something on you.
“At one point in the book, David Ellefson describes Rust In Peace as ‘a masterpiece created in the darkness of heroin.’ How crucial to making the album was getting high? Did you need to do one to do the other?”
Dave Mustaine replied:
“That’s a really good question. I think it’s putting a little too much merit on the euphoria from the drugs, because they had worn off long after we’d started (the album).
It’s like the old saying – first the man takes a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes the man.
The sad thing was, I was so out in the open with my debauchery and the fact that if you didn’t like it, I would fight you. That didn’t end up very good for me in Metallica, but that’s how I was.
It was just a way of life. We were street urchins, and nobody told me what to do – not now, not ever. As I started to get healthier, I started to realize that I could play guitar (sober), and there’s a lot more to life than smuggling stuff and trying to always have something on you.”
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