Update – December 04th 10:06pm:
Dave Mustaine himself has commented on the matter, tweeting:
— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) December 4, 2016
Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett is sympathetic to Megadeth frontman/guitarist Dave Mustaine, who for many years held a bitter grudge after being kicked out of Metallica back in 1983 due to his problems with substance abuse at the time. Hammett wound up replacing him in the band. Speaking recently on the ‘Word Of Wheeler‘ podcast, Hammett said of the matter:
“Well, you know, the whole thing with Dave is I’ve never, ever, ever had a problem with Dave. I’ve always seen Dave as someone who was just really, really sad, really angry, really frustrated about his situation with Metallica, and he never could let that go. And, you know, I’ve always shown a lot of empathy for him, understanding that he was just pissed off.
It’s the equivalent of the woman of your life leaving you. I mean, really. When your band kicks you out… I’ve never been kicked out, but I can imagine it’s a horrible experience, especially if it’s a band that you feel really passionately about. So I can understand Dave‘s plight over all these years. But I will also say that when we did these 30th-anniversary shows at the Fillmore [in San Francisco], and we invited Dave to play on all those ‘Kill ‘Em All‘ songs, man, it felt so good to have him playing on stage.
It felt perfectly fine for me to, while Dave was playing the guitar solos, for me to go over to James [Hetfield, Metallica frontman] and play the rhythm parts with James, and it wasn’t a big deal at all. And I could see from the look on Dave‘s face and just from his whole attitude that it was super-cathartic for him.
And I could see how it was helping him. And so I just took it all in stride. And it’s interesting, because since then, I think, Dave‘s relationship with us is a little bit better now. I’d like to think that that whole thing just kind of healed some scars that needed to be healed.”