“If someone brings it up, I’ll answer the question”: Dave Mustaine says he doesn’t go out of his way to talk about Metallica
“’Cause I think in a way that kind of gives the impression that I need to talk about them in order for me to feel good about myself. And I don’t.”
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Speaking to Rock Antenne, the Megadeth frontman is asked if he ever gets tired of constantly having to answer questions about his old band and bandmates, to which he replies: “Well, I don’t really talk about my time with Metallica. I don’t bring it up.”
“So if someone brings it up, I’ll answer the question, but I usually don’t bother doing that. ‘Cause I think in a way that kind of gives the impression that I need to talk about them in order for me to feel good about myself. And I don’t — I don’t,” says Mustaine.
“I feel good about who I am just ’cause I feel good about who I am,” he adds. “It has nothing to do with bands that I’ve played in in the past. And if it was, I would say of the three bands that I was in that I enjoyed Panic and Megadeth more than I did in Metallica because we did argue a lot.”
The rocker says that while he loved playing with the rest of the Metallica gang, all of it was only “meant for a season”.
“And I look back on that time with a lot of fondness,” he says. “I used to not, because I was still hurt from losing my job, but now I know, basically, that things happen for a reason, no matter what they are, and whether I was still in that group or not, that was outta my hands.”
“And once I accept those things… Acceptance is the key to all of my problems today. If there’s something happening in my life and I can’t change it, and I spend my time wasting energy and effort to try and change something I cannot change, man, you’re gonna go nuts. So I’ve chosen to find the happier things in life.”