Metallica manager called Dave Mustaine "a pussy" for not wanting to play two days after neck surgery

Rock News 06/12/2017

Play with a neck brace, two days after surgery? Metal as f**k.

In a recent interview with Jamey Jasta, Megadeth's Dave Mustaine described an incident at a 2011 concert where Metallica band manager, Peter Mensch, allegedly called him "a pussy" after he said he did not want to perform because of a neck injury.

The peer pressure and bully tactics worked, as Mustaine ended up on stage performing against his better judgement.

Who's the real pussy now?

Quotes from Mustaine himself (transcribed by Ultimate-Guitar):

“When I did the Big 4 concert at the Yankee Staduim, I had my neck in a neck brace riding on a golf cart to the stage. I had the tape all over the stage that said ‘Don’t headbang.

“I would have died if I headbanged that night because I was in an emergency surgery room two days before, ready to have my neck operated on.

“And I called up my manager at the time, Mark Adelman, and I said, ‘Look, I played with Metallica, Anthrax, and Slayer before, I’ve played New York before, I’ve played a baseball stadium before, so none of this is new to me and I have to cancel because I need emergency surgery.’

“So, allegedly, Adelman tells this to Metallica’s management, whatever the guy with the name of a penis, whatever his name is… it was Dick or Peter or something… Peter!

“So he said I was a pussy. So I went, ‘Okay, wrap me up, I’m going to New York.’ They gave me a bunch of injections in my neck and put me in a neck brace and I flew out and played the concert and I came back.

“Who’s the real pussy now?”

Listen to the full interview below.