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DAVE MUSTAINE Reveals His Favorite METALLICA Song That He Wrote

In a brand new interview with LA Weekly, MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine was asked how he spent the bus ride back from New York to California after being fired by METALLICA in 1983. He responded:

“I was looking out the window. A lot. And it was excruciatingly painful… Because, remember, I was living with them, had no job, no income, no money. They’d put me on the bus with no money. So I had no food money. No nothing. And I got on the bus and off I went for a four-day journey with nothing to eat, nothing to drink. So that whole journey was a four-day fucking hell. Learning how to panhandle. How to get people to buy you booze so you could sleep through the night on the bus. [Laughs] When you go into the bus station and the bus would stop and wait for another driver and you just pray to God you don’t sleep through the connection and shit like that. Because I’d never done anything like that before in my life. It’s different if you know what to do and where to go. And if you have money. Money’s the key to all your problems. But if you can’t even make a phone call? It’s pretty fucked up.”

Mustaine was also asked which of the four songs he is credited with co-writing on METALLICA‘s 1983 debut album, “Kill ‘Em All“, was his favorite. He said:

“My favorite? Hmmm. Interesting. Good question. You know, I like ‘Phantom Lord‘ and ‘Metal Militia‘ because they are very interesting songs. But I think if you were going to go for my favorite METALLICA song that I wrote, it would probably have to be [‘Ride The Lightning‘ instrumental] ‘The Call Of Ktulu‘. It stands on itself. And when you have a song that can stand on itself without words, that’s a big statement.”

Mustaine, who was the original lead guitarist of METALLICA, was dismissed from the band by drummer Lars Ulrich in 1983. He was replaced by Kirk Hammett and went on to form MEGADETH and achieve worldwide success on his own.

(via Blabbermouth)

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