Dave Mustaine Says He Didn’t Notice “Master Of Puppets” Being Played During Megadeth’s Grammy Win


By now there’s a good chance you have seen Megadeth accepting their award for ‘Best Metal Performance‘ at this past weekend’s 59th annual Grammys. The band took home the award for their track “Dystopia” at the pre-awards show with it being their twelfth nomination over the years.

While a personal triumph for frontman/guitarist Dave Mustaine and co., the moment was marred a bit by the house band playing an admittedly rough rendition of Metallica‘s “Master Of Puppets” as Megadeth walked down the aisle. Mustaine has since commented to about the moment, offering:

“You know what? I didn’t even notice it. It just sounded like some music in the background. The funny thing is that when I went back and listened to my acceptance speech, and I heard the song, I was like, “Wow!”

Everyone was asking me, “What about the Metallica thing?” And I said, “I didn’t hear it, I just saw it.”

“How could you not have heard it?” I didn’t know what they were talking about. I thought that they were talking about Metallica’s performance. Because we split [after the pre-televised awards]. By the time they did their thing with Lady Gaga, we were across the street eating dinner.

So I went back and listened to my acceptance speech and I went, “Wow!” I didn’t mind them playing it at all, it’s a house band, and they’re doing cover songs. They were probably saying, “We don’t know any Megadeth songs, how about if we do a Metallica song?”

But when I went back and listened to it, I was like, “Oh my God, that’s the worst version of ‘Master of Puppets’ I’ve ever heard in my life!”

He later said of the house band’s song choice:

“They could’ve done a Cyndi Lauper song! [laughs] I was just happy to be up there. It’s about being recognized. We all want so badly, when we pick our careers as kids, to be the best at what we do, and when you choose to be a musician, the stakes are much different. The way they “grade” us, the way they hold us in esteem, how you tell who is better than who.”

Though they’ve mostly mended fences now, Mustiane and Metallica of course had a bitter relationship for decades following Mustaine being kicked out of the band in the late 80’s due to substance abuse problems.

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