Dave Mustaine opens up on failed James Hetfield reunion: “We were talking about getting back together”

Dave Mustaine and James Hetfield
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The notoriously fractitious relationship between former bandmates and heavy metal heavyweights Dave Mustaine and James Hetfield is well-documented, but recent developments seemed to suggest the pair’s contentious history was well and truly water under the bridge.

After all, it was only two months ago that Mustaine revealed he reached out to the Metallica frontman following his on-stage show of vulnerability, before doubling down and stating for the record that “there is a pretty good possibility” the pair might write new music together in the future.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.