Ex-METALLICA guitarist and current MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine joined his former bandmates on stage on December 10, 2011 for the fourth and final intimate show at the Fillmore in San Francisco as part of METALLICA‘s week-long celebration of its 30th anniversary as a band for fan club members only.
Mustaine, who was one of the original members of METALLICA, was fired from the band by drummer Lars Ulrich in 1983. He was replaced by Kirk Hammett and went on to form MEGADETH and achieve worldwide success on his own.
“I played four or five songs with them [at the Fillmore show] — just me, James [Hetfield], Lars, Robert [Trujillo] and Kirk was over on the side,” Mustaine tells Chicago Sun-Times. “Kirk didn’t look too happy about it, but I think he was a good sport.
“I think you can see from the way the guys lit up that it was mutually beneficial for everybody. We all expected something magical to happen, and it did. We were playing stuff off the first record that I’d written in my teenage years. It was a blast.”
When asked if there is any chance of a future collaboration between him and the members of METALLICA, Mustaine said, “I would certainly look forward to another opportunity with those guys. The competition is done. I’d love to do a record with James, Lars and [MEGADETH bassist] Dave Ellefson, but I don’t know if it’s in the cards. Maybe a single for charity or something.”
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