Dave Mustaine has issued his first public response to a gaffe by Grammy organizers that saw the house band inexplicably perform “Master Of Puppets” by Mustaine’s former band Metallica as he and Megadeth walked to the podium to accept their first Grammy Award during the pre-broadcast honors at the 59th annual event in Los Angeles on Sunday.
Megadeth’s victory in the Best Metal Performance category for the title track to their fifteenth album, “Dystopia”, marked the band’s first win after 12 nominations in the past 26 years.
When a fan congratulated Mustaine on the hardware via Twitter and called out Grammy producers for “a slap in the face for blasting Metallica”, Mustaine seemed to take the whole thing in stride, tweeting “Ah, you can't blame 'em for not being able to play Megadeth.”
The rocker could even be seen air-guitaring to the house band as the band headed to the podium.
Mustaine was fired from Metallica in April of 1983 due to his drug and alcohol problems, overly aggressive behavior and clashes with bandmates; guitarist Kirk Hammett was brought in just in time for Metallica to record their debut album, “Kill ‘Em All.”
Mustaine went on to form Megadeth just two months after parting ways with Metallica; despite his own band’s success, the rocker reportedly held a grudge against his former group, with his appearance at Metallica’s 30th anniversary concerts in San Francisco, CA in 2011 referenced as a healing and turning point in the dynamic of their relationship.
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