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Dave Mustaine on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Metallica ‘Didn’t Want Me There’

Kathy Flynn,
Kathy Flynn,

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine tweeted yesterday (Jan. 2) that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is “opposed” to him being inducted, but then clarified that it was Metallica who “didn’t want me there.”

When Metallica were inducted into the Hall back in 2009, Mustaine was not included to receive the honor. Though James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Cliff Burton, Jason Newsted and Robert Trujillo were all invited to receive entrance into the Hall, Mustaine remained the only prominent former Metallica member left out, despite his massive influence on the band’s early sound and writing credits on Kill ‘Em All and Ride the Lightning.

During one of his many discussions with fans via Twitter, Dave spoke about the Rock Hall snub:

While correcting one site’s reporting of his tweets, Dave elaborated that Metallica was the main reason Dave wasn’t included in the 2009 induction, not the Rock Hall itself:

While it remains to be seen if the metal icon will get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Megadeth and Mustaine will be eligible for years to come. As for Dave’s other “bucket list” item of winning a Grammy, he may realize that dream in 2017 as Megadeth’s “Dystopia” has been nominated for this year’s Best Metal Performance award.

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