(Classic Rock) Metallica frontman James Hetfield says speculation about a studio collaboration between his band and Megadeth is crazy talk on the part of Dave Mustaine. He wishes his ex-bandmate wouldn't keep making such statements to the press – but believes there's no malice involved when he does.
His comments appear in a special edition of Metallica fan magazine So What, created by Classic Rock's sister publication Metal Hammer to mark the thrash giants' 30th anniversary. In the feature he discusses rekindling his relationship with Mustaine, who was fired in 1983, but in 2009 was invited to Metallica's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. "I think especially with Dave, with all of his struggles," says the frontman. "I see him healthier now. I see him as less of a bitter guy.
"But I do see a lot of stuff in the press with him talking about jamming with us and making an album. All this other crazy stuff," he said. "I read it and say to myself, 'Hold on. This is the Dave that we kind of wanted to forget about. You know, the big mouth that wants to just go-go-go.' A lot more here.