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Dave Mustaine says Lars Ulrich couldn’t write good music

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Dave Mustaine says Lars Ulrich couldn’t write good music

Dave Mustaine says he already announced expanded version of Metallica’s 1982 No Life ‘Til Leather demo has been indefinitely shelved because he is unwilling to give Lars Ulrich’ credit for something that not only ‘the Metallica drummer’ didn’t do, but was unable to do”

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“I’m not gonna give [Lars] my credit, so I’m not gonna be part of it. I wrote all of ‘Mechanix’, I wrote all of ‘Jump In The Fire’, so me giving any percentage of that to Lars Ulrich, he can pound sand. And as far as the song ‘Phantom Lord’, I wrote every note of that music, James [Hetfield, METALLICA frontman] wrote all the lyrics. That’s 50/50. If James wants to give his percentage up to Lars because he’s afraid of him, that’s up to him. I’m not afraid of Lars Ulrich, and I’m not giving him my percentage.”

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“And the same thing with ‘Metal Militia’; I wrote every single note of that music, James wrote every note of that lyric — that’s 50/50. If James wants to give Lars his percentage, that’s fine if he’s afraid of him. I’m not afraid of him. I’m not giving nothing to Lars Ulrich. Now, they took it in the past [editor’s note: apparently referring to METALLICA’s ‘Kill ‘Em All’ debut album, which features re-recorded versions of the songs from ‘No Life ‘Til Leather’] — everybody knows that — and the past is the past. But I could not willingly enter into a new agreement with these guys predicated on Lars getting credit for something that not only he did not do but he was incapable of doing — he was incapable of writing songs that good back then.”

Asked if that means there will ever be a new Big 4 show, Mustaine said, “I don’t know about that. This has nothing to do with the ‘Big Four’. I think Lars is just scared to play with Megadeth.”

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