Dave Mustaine says it is obvious which parts of Metallica's famous back catalogue he wrote including 'Ride the Lightning' – but he insists he is far from hung up on the past and he has long since moved on.
This month's Rolling Stone magazine features the Megadeth mainmain – and early Metallica band member in their 'My Life in 15 Songs' series.
And Mustaine touches on his famous spell with Metallica in the early 1980's.
“There's certain riffs that you hear, and you just know who the songwriter is,” he explained in reference to the track 'Ride The Lightning.'
“And I'm not talking about just when I write. So there are certain parts of 'Ride The Lightning' and 'Leper Messiah' and the first album, all that stuff, you can tell little things that are similar with Megadeth's guitar playing 'cause you know there's so much you can do with an instrument. I think they did great with it.
“I didn't write all of the music in 'Ride The Lightning'. Lars [Ulrich, Metallica drummer] wrote the melodic intro, and then the next part I wrote and then the next part I wrote and then the next part and then it went back to his part and then it went back to my next three parts and then at that point... who's keeping score?”
He continued: “"I got over Metallica using my songs a long time ago. You can obsess on shit like that or you can let it go, and nothing is gonna change it. You've got two great bands. We're friends. Stuff happened. Fuck, I forgave Megadeth bassist David Ellefson after suing me for 18 and a half million dollars, I can forgive those guys for using my songs.
“And honestly if it hadn't have been for that vehicle, what we started — and I mean we with a capital fucking W-E — you know, I think they did great. I'm really proud of them.”
Continuing on the subject of his former band mates he went on: “By the time Megadeth put out 'Killing [Is My Business... and Business Is Good!]' in 1985, I had moved on. But I had all this stuff in my mind, in my catalogue that I didn't get a chance to show those guys.
“We were progressing down a very simplistic road with that band. I can't remember who said it, but someone very prominent, very smart said, 'Metallica is like to the Ramones what Megadeth are to The Clash.' And I thought that's probably one of the best things I've ever heard. I saw another comparison 'Metallica is Iron Maiden to Megadeth is Led Zeppelin' and I thought, 'Hey that's really a good way to look at it, too.' Because we are a little bit more twisty and turny."