Sure, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine is not the easiest person to work with. His revolving door lineup and controversial comments have made him the metal version of Ted Nugent – someone respected for his music, but viewed as sort of a crazy uncle. And while the metal community and keyboard jockeys have called his behavior into question, it’s not often that a member of a fellow Big 4 band does the same. That’s what Kerry King did in an interview, recently, though. In talking with Loudwire about joining Megadeth for a brief stint in 1984, he dropped a truth bomb:
At the end of the day, I thought, ‘This is a gigantic learning situation.’ And I also thought people would see me and know me from Slayer. ‘Cause, I mean, we only went to the Bay Area; we only got up there. So I think if people saw me, it would at least make ’em think, ‘Slayer.’ So I had Slayer’s best intentions in mind. I didn’t go and say, ‘Hey, I wanna be in Megadeth.’ I don’t know how anybody can be in Megadeth for more than a couple of hours, ’cause that guy’s crazy.”
He goes on to state that “he was cooler back then,” stating that “I think there’s been a lot of drugs and funny extracurricular between now and then that helped shape who he is today.” You’ve gotta hand it to to Kerry for speaking his mind, but we wouldn’t hold our breath for any more Big 4 shows any time soon.
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