Mustaine fears Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are against him

Induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is an honour which ranks highly on Dave Mustaine's bucket list – although he believes he is already in the Hall of Fame courtesy of his stint in Metallica.

The Megadeth mainman admitted in a Twitter exchange with a fan that he is keen to see Megadeth inducted although he fears the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame could be somehow 'opposed' to inducting him.

Bands are eligible for nomination and induction after 25-years pass from the release of their debut record. The process begins with honorees selected via Hall of Fame foundation voters with those inducted selected from the aggregate results of an annual online fan vote.

This week a Megadeth fan tweeted Mustaine stating it was 'past time' for Megadeth to earn the Hall of Fame nod which prompted a reply.

“I think that the @rockhall is opposed to me being in there." He tweeted.

"It is one of my bucket list items: The R&R HOF and my Grammy."

The exchange continued with other fans commenting with one insisting he had earned both a Grammy and a Hall of Fame place.

“Thank you. I just wish that both of those boards felt the same way that you do. I am in there bcuz of Met in a way. But I'd like Megs to go!"

In the past Mustaine has said he feels he is already in the Hall of Fame courtesy of his stint with Metallica during the early part of the 1980's although the band did not include him in their induction.

Speaking about the Hall of Fame Mustaine said: “If they (Hall of Fame) don't want me in there, it's okay. I mean, I am in there vis-à-vis Metallica, and no matter what those guys say or what anybody believes about their induction ceremony, they wouldn't have been there if it wasn't for me being in the band, because I was there in the beginning, so I have some satisfaction.”

In 1983 Mustaine was sacked by Metallica with Kirk Hammett brought in his place.

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich later revealed why they chose not to invite Mustaine in an interview with The Plain Dealer.

“You've got to kind of cap it somewhere. Dave Mustaine never played on any Metallica records. No disrespect to him. But there [were] half a dozen other people that were in the lineup in the early days. We thought . . . the fair thing to do would be to include anybody that played on a Metallica record."

He added: "Dave Mustaine was in the band for 11 months, predominantly in 1982. . . . I'm not trying to play it down. I have nothing but respect and admiration for his accomplishments since."

 

eric@newrocktimes.com