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Metallica frontman James Hetfield laughed off talk of a possible collaboration between members of his band and members of Megadeth in a new interview, calling it "crazy" talk on the part of Megadeth singer/guitarist Dave Mustaine. An original member of Metallica before being kicked out in early 1983, Mustaine has jammed with his ex-bandmates on several occasions over the past couple of years during "Big Four" shows and at Metallica's 30th anniversary concerts last December.


Although Mustaine recently spoke about assembling a "supergroup" combining him and Megadeth bassist David Ellefson with Hetfield and Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, Hetfield told So What!, Metallica's fan club magazine, "I see (Mustaine) 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. 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.'

  • Hetfield added, "But there is an authenticity about him when he speaks. He doesn't think too much before he does. He just goes off the cuff. Plus, when he says stuff like that, it's well-intended."
  • Mustaine feuded with the members of Metallica for more than two decades before finally patching things up over the last couple of years.
  • Metallica is currently on a European tour, during which it is playing its self-titled 1991 fifth album, also known as the "black album," every night in its entirety -- but in reverse order.
  • Metallica will play both the complete "black album" and, for the first time, its entire 1984 effort Ride The Lightning at its own Orion Music & More festival, scheduled for June 23rd and 24th in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Dave Mustaine recently revealed himself as part of the fringe "birther" movement, which believes against all evidence and rational thought that President Barack Obama was not born a U.S. citizen. Mustaine said on a Canadian talk show that he knows the President was "born somewhere else than America."


  • Would you like to see a collaboration between the members of Metallica and Megadeth?
  • Do you think this is a cool idea, or just evidence that Mustaine still can't let go of the past?
  • Should James Hetfield be nicer about it, rather than just calling it "crazy" talk?

CHECK IT OUT: Watch Metallica jam with Mustaine at last December's 30th anniversary concerts in San Francisco:

INTERNET COMMENTS at -- agree or not?

MB wrote: "Put out another couple albums like Lulu and James will be begging to jam with Dave."

DTC wrote: "James lost his voice, but not his head yet. Only Ellefson has to get stuck with Mustaine to pay the house mortgage."

drewhark wrote: "metallica/megadeth colabo is just 'crazy' but a colabo with lou is fine? ok then."

destructivesounds wrote: "Dave's idea is not a bad idea. HOWEVER, if you have an idea like that, just mention it to the key people involved to see what they have to say. Not to the press."

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