Dave Mustaine Reveals Early Metallica Influence
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Dave Mustaine, former member of Metallica and frontman of Megadeth, recently spoke about the early influence of British band Diamond Head on the formation and early days of Metallica. Mustaine discussed how Diamond Head’s music, with its captivating guitar riffs and talented singer, made a significant impact on him and the band. Through Lars Ulrich’s admiration and close association with Diamond Head, Mustaine had the opportunity to meet the members of the influential British band and recognize their influence on Metallica’s early releases.
Diamond Head’s Influence on Metallica
In an interview with Sirius XM, Dave Mustaine expressed his appreciation for Diamond Head’s music and the profound influence it had on Metallica’s early days. He recognized the band’s vocalist and their incredible guitar riffs as elements that captivated his attention. Mustaine shared his experience of meeting the members of Diamond Head and acknowledged their impact on Metallica:
“I got a chance to really eyeball to eyeball meet this guy – Brian Tatler, the guitar player from Diamond Head – just a sweet man, a tremendous talent on guitar. And the Diamond Head that I know and love was the Diamond Head in the beginning, and I tell ‘ya there were so many songs that we played in Metallica – Helpless, to [The] Prince, Am I Evil? – And people think those are original songs in Metallica and they’re not. They’re Diamond Head songs.”
Diamond Head’s Impact on Metallica’s Music
Through his interview, Dave Mustaine emphasized the influence of Diamond Head’s music on Metallica’s early releases. He revealed that several songs played by Metallica, such as “Helpless,” “The Prince,” and “Am I Evil?,” were originally composed by Diamond Head. Mustaine highlighted the misconception that these songs were original Metallica compositions, asserting that they were, in fact, Diamond Head songs:
“The Diamond Head that I know and love was the Diamond Head in the beginning, and I tell ‘ya there were so many songs that we played in Metallica – Helpless, to [The] Prince, Am I Evil? – And people think those are original songs in Metallica and they’re not. They’re Diamond Head songs.”
Mustaine’s acknowledgment of Diamond Head’s contribution to Metallica’s repertoire showcases the British band’s talent and the impact they had on shaping Metallica’s early sound.
Metallica’s Future and World Tour
While discussing Diamond Head’s influence, the interview also touched on Metallica’s upcoming world tour and the release of their new album, “72 Seasons,” in April. The band’s enduring success and ongoing musical journey demonstrate their commitment to their fans and their passion for creating powerful music.
Watch the full interview below: