DAVE MUSTAINE: METALLICA's 'Enter Sandman' Was A Rip-Off

October 31, 2004

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has once again slammed METALLICA over the inclusion of a scene in METALLICA's "Some Kind of Monster" documentary in which METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich sits down with Mustaine for a one-on-one therapy session, calling Ulrich "a treacherous little man" and accusing METALLICA of having "ripped off" the ideas for their biggest hit. Asked by Metal Maniacs magazine what it was like having that confrontation with Lars in METALLICA's "Some Kind of Monster" movie, Mustaine said, "The thing that bothers me is that people are booing my scene in the movie and it's kinda like, 'Listen, dickhead, if I wasn't here, there'd be no METALLICA because James [Hetfield] sang, Lars played drums and there was Ron McGovney [bass]. Did it ever dawn on you that I was the only guitar player? That I had a more integral part than you gave me credit for' You will never see anybody in the history of the world tell that little shit how it is. Everybody else is afraid of him. I'm not afraid of Lars. He's a fuckin' treacherous little man and that's why he can't stay married. That's why everybody in the band can't stand him. Their biggest song, 'Enter Sandman' [Windows Media, Real Audio], was ripped off from a band called EXCEL [referring to the 1989 track "Tapping Into The Emotional Void"; Windows Media, Real Audio]."

"Enter Sandman" currently stands as the biggest hit of METALLICA's career, having peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart back in August 1991. METALLICA's self-titled "black album" has sold more than 14 million copies in the U.S., according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

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