Megadeth frontman and former Metallica guitarist, Dave Mustaine spoke in an interview with Rock Hard and explained his thoughts about the songwriting dispute that cancelled the release of an expanded version of Metallica’s “No Life ‘Til Leather.” He said:
“I’m not gonna give [Lars] my credit, so I’m not gonna be part of it. I wrote all of ‘Mechanix,’ I wrote all of ‘Jump in the Fire’, so me giving any percentage of that to Lars Ulrich, he can pound sand.
And as far as the song ‘Phantom Lord’, I wrote every note of that music, James [Hetfield] wrote all the lyrics. That’s 50/50. If James wants to give his percentage up to Lars because he’s afraid of him, that’s up to him. I’m not afraid of Lars Ulrich, and I’m not giving him my percentage.
And the same thing with ‘Metal Militia’; I wrote every single note of that music, James wrote every note of that lyric – that’s 50/50. If James wants to give Lars his percentage, that’s fine if he’s afraid of him. I’m not afraid of him.
I’m not giving nothing to Lars Ulrich. Now, they took it in the past [apparently referring to Metallica’s ‘Kill ‘Em All’ debut album, which features re-recorded versions of the songs from ‘No Life ‘Til Leather’] – everybody knows that – and the past is the past.
But I could not willingly enter into a new agreement with these guys predicated on Lars getting credit for something that not only he did not do but he was incapable of doing – he was incapable of writing songs that good back then.”
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