When MEGADETH was honored with its first-ever Grammy Sunday night (February 12), the band's walk up to the stage was inexplicably accompanied by the sound of the house ensemble playing the song "Master Of Puppets" from MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine's former band METALLICA.
Mustaine was fired from METALLICA in 1983 — some three years before "Master Of Puppets" was released — over substance abuse and anger issues. Although he later conceded that he was "bitter" for a period of time after being dismissed, he insisted that any perceived feud with his former bandmates was an illusion.
Mustaine didn't seem to mind the mishap last night, playing air guitar along to "Master Of Puppets" as he took to the stage to he accept recognition in the "Best Metal Performance" category for MEGADETH's "Dystopia".
Earlier today, the MEGADETH leader addressed the issue in a Twitter response to a fan who called the incident "a slap in the face." "Ah, you can't blame 'em for not being able to play MEGADETH," Mustaine wrote.
The members of METALLICA have been mostly respectful while discussing their onetime member, with guitarist Kirk Hammett saying on a podcast last fall: "I've always seen Dave as someone who was just really, really sad, really angry, really frustrated about his situation with METALLICA, and he never could let that go. And, you know, I've always shown a lot of empathy for him, understanding that he was just pissed off. It's the equivalent of the woman of your life leaving you."
MEGADETH recently completed a month-long U.S. tour with AMON AMARTH, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, METAL CHURCH and BUTCHER BABIES.