It's no secret that Metallica and their co-founder/former lead guitarist Dave Mustaine have a shitload of bad blood between 'em.
In 1983, Dave was fired "without warning" from the band for his drinking habits. The band went on to record the epic album 'Kill 'Em All' without him, even though he'd written a decent chunk of the music.
Dave went on to form Megadeth, but ultimately agreed he was a bit of an arse: “I had been physically reckless, and there had been a lot of pushing and shoving on my part with everybody in the band."
Now, frontman James Hetfield has spoken up to answer fans' questions about a potential reunion to settle the beef, and to get the 'Big 4' back together (Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer):
“It really started [when Metallica was inducted into] the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. Getting nostalgic and thinking, ‘My God, look at all the people that have helped us along the way and look who are still around. Let’s say ‘thank you’ to them,'” states Hetfield, adding, “And so the ‘Big Four’ was kind of that thing.”
“We’re all still playing after thirty… whatever it was… thirty-two years. Let’s go do a gig together. I mean, why shouldn’t we? Let’s celebrate the fact that we’re still alive and playing music that we love.”
“What about the ‘Big 4’? No one knows the ‘Big 4.’ Come on, let’s make it known. Let’s make some history here, and let people know, and put a mark there that, hey, the ‘Big 4′ was, and is, a force to be reckoned with.”
“There’s no reason to not be good. At this point, we’ve all freakin’ fell off the wagon, we’ve all gone into the ditch, we’ve all gotten back on track, we’ve all learned from our stuff. And at the end of the day, it’s just journeys — everyone is doing a different journey — and why would you hold a grudge with someone or vice versa?”
Last year, Mustaine tweeted that he was thankful for his “Big 4 Brothers,” and suggested four more "big shows".
Check out the Big 4 back in 2011: