Dave Mustaine on Former Metallica Bandmates: “I Am Clearly the Alpha Male”.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Dave Mustaine of Megadeth performs during the Stone Free Festival at The O2 Arena on June 16, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chiaki Nozu/WireImage)

Megadeth just released a new album, The Sick, the Dying… And the Dead!, and Dave Mustaine has been an open book while talking about it to the press. Naturally, the lovably feisty thrash pioneer has been happy to indulge journalist’s questions about his co-founding stint in and subsequent firing from Metallica, and Mustaine got particularly candid about his relationship with his old bandmates during a new interview with Classic Rock.

The interviewer brought up an excerpt from Mustaine’s 2010 autobiography, Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir, in which the musician referred to himself as “the leader of the band” when he was in Metallica in the early Eighties. The interviewer noted that that was “quite a statement to make” given that Mustaine’s former bandmates James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich are “such alpha males,” and Mustaine had a very different interpretation of the early Metallica hierarchy.

Oh no. I am clearly the alpha male between the three of us,” Mustaine said. “Why did I have to do everything when I was in the band? Why did they always ask me talk to the promoters and collect the cash? Why was I the one who had to do the fighting? Why did I have to talk in between songs?

Although Mustaine has often said that the bitterness he felt upon being kicked out of Metallic is long gone, the interviewer mentioned that him being fired did stick with him for many years.

How can you expect a boy who’s 20 and the guitar player in one of the biggest new things in the world to have a grasp on reality?” Mustaine replied. “Everything from that point forward was a fucking feud. Everywhere I went it was: ‘So, how’s everything going with Meta … er, Megadeth?'”

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