Metallica's Hetfield says Dave Mustaine Is A Good Guy
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In a recent interview with Detroit's WRIF 101.1 FM, Metallica frontman James Hetfield spoke about some of the pointed comments made about him and the rest of Metallica by the group's former guitarist, Dave Mustaine (now the leader of Megadeth). Asked if he was surprised by the fact that Mustaine named him one of the most solid rhythm guitar players around during a recent radio appearance, Hetfield said, "No, it doesn't surprise me. Dave's a great guy. Sometimes he gets to get lost in it and he overthinks things. I think he's easily guided by press sometimes. And when you see some of the stuff that's out now [in the press], Dave [going] 'Oh, I hate this, and this' and 'The mean Dave is back and I'm out to kick ass,' I think a lot of it has to do with press people egging him on, egging him on. 'Cause he's pretty good at doing that.
"I'm not gonna roll over for him, but you know, I understand what struggles he's going through. He and I have a lot in common. And there are times when I can read that he's a little bit off. But I know at the core Dave's a good guy.
"My theory is that people that are somewhat creative are screwed up, man — they just are. They get great ideas, but they can't stop them. They make up things and scenarios in their head. And I think I — I can only speak for myself — but when I start talking to people when they're not in the room, I know I'm going too far with it."
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