Every fan knows that nearly no band had a consistent lineup prior to their formation. The usual progress goes with one or two staple members and they try to find the ones that fit the band’s vision perfectly. Meanwhile, they jam with multiple musicians, and those rockers who don’t fit eventually go on with their careers by joining other bands or forming their own.
That’s exactly what happened with former Metallica guitarist Dave Mustaine when he was fired from the band. He got up on his feet and formed Megadeth for which he auditioned and performed with numerous musicians before settling with bassist David Ellefson, guitarist Greg Handevidt, and drummer Dijon Carruthers as the original lineup.
Surprisingly, one of the musicians who had a tenure with Megadeth back in its early days was Slayer guitarist Kerry King. While it was a match made in heaven musically, the different personalities of King and Mustaine were causing trouble. Let’s take a look into the endless feuds between two guitarists to see why they hate each other.
Kerry King Had A Brief Tenure With Megadeth
Before Slayer became a household name in metal music, Kerry King actually had a brief stint in Megadeth as the band’s guitarist. Following the release of Slayer’s debut album, ‘Show No Mercy’ back in April 1984, King was informed about Megadeth by a mutual friend.
The freshly formed band was looking for a second guitar player to perform during live shows and King filled the spot on rhythm guitar for several shows in the San Francisco area in the spring of 1984. After this short tenure, the guitarist returned to his own band and his Southern California home.
Kerry King And Dave Mustaine Hate Each Other
During their short period of time together, the Megadeth members including Dave Mustaine actually admired Slayer guitarist musically. However, the personal relationship was a disaster between King and Mustaine, especially in the following years as their bands became rivals.
For many years, the two legendary rockers insulted each other through interviews and made it perfectly clear that they don’t like each other. While Megadeth guitarist also said unpleasant things about King, Slayer guitarist referred to Mustaine as a ‘miserable person’ one time and his statements are far worse than Mustaine’s.
Kerry King’s statement during the 2005 interview goes:
“Somebody asked me recently, ‘What do you have to say about Mustaine ragging on you?’ You know, it doesn’t matter, because if you let Mustaine talk long enough, he’ll bury himself. It has nothing to do with me, ask anybody in the biz about Dave Mustaine. If they have an opinion, he’s a cocksucker. I take it for what it is. I have no vendetta against him.
I could give a fuck. He’s just a miserable person. Let’s put it in perspective: His bass player from Day One is suing him. I hope he wins. I felt bad for the guy having to put up with him all those years, Ellefson’s a great dude.”
Furthermore, during Loudwire’s ‘Wikipedia: Fact Or Fiction?’ series back in 2015, Slayer icon said he doesn’t understand how anybody could spend time being a member of Megadeth. The reason behind his statement was of course Dave Mustaine and the guitarist referred to the Megadeth icon as a ‘crazy guy’ while revealing his intention was never to be a permanent member of the band.
In his own words, King said:
“At the end of the day, I thought, ‘This is a gigantic learning situation.’ And I also thought people would see me and know me from Slayer. ‘Cause, I mean, we only went to the Bay Area; we only got up there. So I think if people saw me, it would at least make ’em think, ‘Slayer.’ So I had Slayer’s best intentions in mind. I didn’t go and say, ‘Hey, I wanna be in Megadeth.’ I don’t know how anybody can be in Megadeth for more than a couple of hours, ’cause that guy’s crazy.”
Apparently, there’s something between the two that just didn’t work out personally. While the reason remains unclear, Kerry King hates Dave Mustaine for the past few decades regardless of the lack of feuds for the past few years and the feeling seems to be mutual. Both rockers don’t seem to bury the hatchet any time soon but fans are happy now that they don’t verbally attack each other as much as they used to.